February 1 Digest: This Week in Wildfire Recovery News

This is a digest of selected news and media that emerged over the last week related to wildfire emergencies, recovery efforts, and resilience building efforts in the American West. 

Coconino National Forest Proud to Work Alongside Partners, Be Part of USDA’s 10-Year Plan to Fight Wildfires in Arizona

From Sedona.Biz | January 28, 2022

Coconino National Forest is working with many different partners to implement three of four critical recovery and wildfire mitigation projects in Arizona slated to receive millions of dollars as part of the larger Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Agriculture Department’s 10-year strategy to fight wildfires across Arizona.

New Wildfire Plan is Ambitious; Forest Service Needs More Money, People

From Plumas News, by Ryan Tompkins and Susan Kocher | January 26, 2022

The Forest Service’s new 10-year plan sets a goal to treat as much as 50 million additional acres across the West over 10 years, but the question of how to pay for such a project remains and how to acquire the large workforce needed

PG&E’s Criminal Probation to End Amid Ongoing Safety Worries

From AP News, by Michael Liedtke | January 24, 2022

As PG&E prepares to emerge from five years of criminal probation worries surface about whether the company remains untrustworthy after years of devastation from wildfires ignited by its outdated equipment and neglectful management.

After a Wildfire, How Does a Town Rebuild?

From Science Daily | January 27, 2022

The West sees destructive wildfires every year -- yet it hadn't seen anything like the Camp Fire. Three months after the most destructive wildfire in recent history, wildfire sociologists went to the devastated town of Paradise to learn how residents and town leaders were recovering.

Community group in Superior begins meeting 30 days after Marshall Fire

From The Denver Channel 7, by Ivan Rodriguez | January 30, 2022

A new organization, Superior Rising, is coming together to help speed up the process for rebuilding efforts after the December 2021 Marshall Fire.

Why a Boulder Creek Land Purchase Has Conservationists So Excited

From Lookout: Santa Cruz, by Jacob Pierce | January 27, 2022

Nonprofit Sempervirens Fund purchases Big Basin Redwoods State Park property that survived CZU Complex fire nearly unscathed, which will hopefully aid in the reopening of Big Basin

California Wildfire Triggers Evacuations, Closes Highway

From Reuters | January 23, 2022

A 1,500-acre fire near the coastal community of Big Sur, California triggers evacuations and closes part of a major highway

Wildfire Burning Near Big Sur 70% Contained; Drier Conditions Expected Overnight

From Los Angeles Times, by Nathan Solis | January 27, 2022

Wind-driven fire that burned on Big Sur coast os now 70% contained

Aerial Footage Shows How Close Big Sur Wildfire Got to Bixby Bridge

From NBC Bay Area, by NBC Bay Area staff and Associated Press | January 28, 2022

New footage caught from a Cal Fire helicopter shows burn scar of the wildfire along the Big Sur that got close to Bixby Bridge

Biden Issues An Infrastructure ‘Roadmap’ to Help Spend $1T

From AP News, by Josh Boak | January 31, 2022

President Joe Biden urges U.S. governors to ramp up construction plans as administration introduces guidebook for accessing the nearly $1 trillion made available by bipartisan infrastructure deal.  The guidebook may be a helpful resource for infrastructure recovery in wildfire zones.

CA 2022-23 Budget: Wildfire and Forest Resilience Package

From Legislative Analyst's Office, State of California | January 26, 2022

Initial assessment and recommendations on the Governor’s proposed wildfire and forest resilience package as part of the 2022-2023 Budget.