Please contact Wendy Fulks at wfulks[at]tnc[dot]org
The Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net or the Network) is a national group working to build sustainable wildfire resilience capacity in fire-prone communities. The Network is the result of a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, the Watershed Research and Training Center and the USDA Forest Service.
We connect and support people and communities who are striving to live more safely with wildfire. The Network is a catalyst for spreading best practices and innovations in fire adaptation practices nationwide. We’re the go-to source of information for community wildfire resiliency best practices, models for success, and lessons learned.
FAC Net in the News
One way FAC Net makes a difference is by contributing to local, regional and national conversations about wildland fire issues. Since 2017, magazines, newspapers and radio stations featured FAC Net and our members’ work more than 40 times. Our hope is that each time our story is told, more communities better understand how to live more safely with inevitable wildfire. Email Wendy Fulks if you’re interested in our perspective on community wildfire issues.
National News Coverage
- Project Wildfire is cited as an innovative, effective approach to the wildfire dilemma we face today: Humans Need to Learn to Co-Exist with Wildfires. Here’s How We Can Do It, Ensia.
- Project Wildfire pilots a collaborative effort that’s making central Oregon more fire adapted: Yes, Something Can Be Done About Wildfires, New York Times.
- FAC Net advances a forward-thinking alternative to the current wildfire problem: Skirball Fire Underscores Calls for Collaborative Wildfire Management, Christian Science Monitor.
- Patrick Haggerty of the Cascadia Conservation District explains steps that communities can take to live more safely with wildfire: Fighting Wildfires is a Greater Test of Endurance as Warm Weather Lingers, Washington Post.
- FAC Net represents an important piece of the “community wildfire resilience” puzzle: It’s Impossible to Prevent Wildfires. So How Do We Prepare?, Fortune Magazine.
- FAC Net embodies a high-impact, cost-effective approach to helping communities live more safely with wildfire: In the West, Communities Pioneer Cooperative Approach to Fighting Wildfires, Christian Science Monitor.
- Rob Galbraith explains how insurance companies can motivate residential actions to mitigate wildfire risk. The Power of Insurance Incentives to Promote Fire Adapted Communities, Wildfire Magazine.
- The Karuk Tribe shares their wildfire story, which includes Coyote’s theft of fire, recent research, and the Klamath River Prescribed Fire Training Exchange. Wildfires Are Essential: The Forest Service Embraces a Tribal Tradition, Yes! Magazine.
Regional, State and Local Coverage
- The Southern Fire Science Exchange illuminates the research regarding the importance (and public acceptance) of prescribed fire during a controversial ban on controlled burning: Prescribed Burns, WFSU Radio | Franklin County’s Eastpoint Community Looks to Rebuild After ‘Devastating’ Wildfire, WFSU News | A Controlled Burn Sparked a Wildfire, But Can also Help Stop One, WFSU News.
- A community organizer explains why his community’s investment in wildfire risk reduction and programs like FireWise of Southwest Colorado helped save his community from wildfire: Years of Fire Mitigation Pays off in Falls Creek Ranch, Durango Herald.
- The Santa Fe Fire Department and the Forest Stewards Guild explain the tough decision to temporarily close a national forest and weave in bigger fire adaptation issues: June’s “Community Matters” from the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Santa Fe Public Radio.
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado offers rapid wildfire risk assessments so that homeowners can take quick actions to protect their homes from ember showers: Dolores Getting Back on Track, The Journal.
- The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership is recognized as a leader in forest restoration and wildfire resilience: Leading the West in Forest Restoration, Woody Debris Solutions, Job Creation, Flagstaff Business News.
- The Forest Stewards Guild leads innovative projects to restore bird habitat and augement wildfire resilience in Rhode Island and North Carolina: Cutting Birds to Save Trees, Sierra Club Magazine.
- The Forest Stewards Guild’s research on wildfire ignitions is highlighted: Forest Closed, Will Return Later, Santa Fe Reporter | Increasing Wildfire Awareness and Reducing Human-Caused Ignitions, Green Fire Times.
- Washington’s governor celebrates FAC Net and the Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (WAFAC) for innovative and effective approaches to wildfire resilience: Governor Inslee Speaks at Fire Adapted Communities Conference in Wenatchee, Koho 101 | Inslee Greets Wenatchee Wildfire Networking Conference, iFiber One| Gov. Inslee Praises Local Wildfire Efforts, KPQ.
- South Metro Fire Rescue explains how to prepare homes to withstand wildfire: Make Your Home Resistant to Wildfire, 9 News.
- Mark Brehl discusses how homeowner mitigation saved at least some homes during a wildfire: Homeowners’ Work Helped Save Structures in Tinder Fire, Arizona Daily Sun.
- Project Wildfire and Deschutes County partners explain why they chose to light a controlled burn on one of spring’s first sunny days: Supper Club: The Importance of Prescribed Burns, Central Oregon Daily News.
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado identifies how community members can make their homes more wildfire resistant: When It Comes to Fire Preparedness, Don’t Just Worry, Take Action! Durango Herald.
- Research scientist with the USDA Forest Service and Karuk Tribe descendent argues that integrating indigenous fire management and knowledge with western science can promote cultural and ecological resilience: How Humans Can Provide Services for Ecosystems with Traditional Ecological Knowledge, an Interview with Dr. Frank Kanawha Lake, KHSU Radio.
- Austin Fire Department explains where and why it is creating shaded fuel breaks near communities: Austin Works to Create Fire Breaks Between Parks and Neighborhoods, CBS Austin.
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado articulates why its work is as important as ever: FireWise Plans Fundraiser as Fire Season Heats Up, Budget Shrinks, The Journal.
- The Forest Stewards Guild builds fire adaptation capacity within communities in innovative ways: New Mexico’s Fire Season Roars to an Early Start, New Mexico Political Report.
- Southern Oregon members are recognized as leaders in wildfire resilience work by other Oregon communities: Analysis: Could Forest Collaborative Work? Coastal Curry Pilot.
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado’s outreach efforts shift the community’s perspective on controlled burns and wildfire management: Forest Service Transforms How It Will Use and Manage Fires in Southwest Colorado, Durango Herald.
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado and The Nature Conservancy conduct pile burning at a nature center: Butler Corner to Burn Slash Piles North of Dolores, The Journal.
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado explains why their work is the glue of many counties’ fire adaptation initiatives: How FireWise Will Manage a $14,583 Funding Cut from Montezuma County, KSJD.
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado offers resources to communities looking to live more safely with wildfire: Westendorff: Praying for Snow, Preparing for Wildfires, Durango Herald.
- The Austin Fire Department invests in cutting-edge wildfire simulation technology to spur community action: Austin Fire Department Using New 3-D Tool to Educate Residents about Wildfire Risk, Community Impact Newspaper.
- Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition hosts a successful Prescribed Fire Training Exchange. Friendly Fires: Training Exchange Teaches Controlled Burn Strategies in Roslyn. Yakima Herald.
- Ed Keith and partners explain the innovative structure of the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project and its restoration progress to date: Fighting Central Oregon Wildfire with Fire, Bend Magazine.
- The Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network’s Annie Schmidt discusses what communities can do to live more safely with wildfire: Washington’s Dry Spell Reminds Us We are in the Middle of Wildfire Season, Kiro Radio.
- Gloria Erickson explains how residents can protect their homes by implementing specific strategies within the different zones that surround their homes: Prepare Your Home and Landscape to Resist Wildfire, Timberjay Newspaper.
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado transforms a post-wildfire recovery zone into a blossoming fire adapted community: Creating Fire Adapted Communities: It Takes a Village, Durango Herald.
- Austin Fire Department advances a city-wide wildland-urban interface code and residential mitigation: 1 in 4 Austin Homes at Risk of Wildfire, CBS Austin.
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado explains a new way to motivate neighborhoods to reduce their wildfire risk; “Instead of DUI checkpoints, we’re trying to get fire departments to do WUI (wildland-urban interface) checkpoints at the entrances of at-risk neighborhoods,” Dolores River Basin Analyzed for Fire Risk, Cortez Journal.