February 15 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. 

Marshall Fire Cleanup Expected to Cost $52.6 Million Under Boulder County’s Contract

From The Denver Post, by Noelle Phillips | February 11, 2022

FEMA will pay bulk of the bill for DRC Emergency Services’ work clearing burned homes

More Than a Year After the East Troublesome Fire, Some Grand Lake Residents Still Don’t Have Housing

From CPR News | February 10, 2022

Residents worry the lost housing stock could forever change the community's demographics after East Troublesome fire

PG&E Faces 33 Criminal Charges in Sonoma County's Kincade Fire

From ABC 10 by Brandon Rittiman | February 8, 2022

PG&E admits that its powerline sparked the 2019 Kincade Fire. But the company argues any mistakes it made were “good faith judgment calls” and “not crimes.”

Southern California Wildfire Burns Near Coastal Homes

From New York Post by Associated Press | February 10, 2022

A wildfire fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds erupted in hills on the Southern California coast and burned near homes early Thursday.

Wind-Fanned Brush Fire Above the Orange County Coast Forces Evacuations

From NBC by Jonathan Lloyd and Oleevia Woo | February 10, 2022

An early morning brush fire burned on a hillside above homes in the Emerald Bay area.

Do You Live in a ‘Double-Hazard’ Wildfire Zone? This Stanford Study Answers That Question

From Deseret News, by Matthew Brown | February 11, 2022

A recent wildfire study locates newly identified “double hazard” zones for wildfires, shedding more light on why wildfires in the past several years have been so destructive to surrounding communities in the West.

Plant-Water Sensitivity Regulates Wildfire Vulnerability

From Nature.com, by Krishna Rao, A. Park Williams, Noah S. Diffenbaugh, Marta Yebra & Alexandra G. Konings | February 7, 2022

As plant-water sensitivity is strongly linked to wildfire vulnerability, accounting for ecophysiological controls should improve wildfire forecasts. If recent trends in VPD and demographic shifts continue, human wildfire risk will probably continue to increase.

New Mexico to House Federal Database on Wildfire Research and Information

From ABC Action News, by Jessie Cohen | February 14, 2022

Information based on researching and studying ways to restore our forests and prevent devastation will be shared through a federal database based in New Mexico

Confronting Drought With the Tools of Nature

From Governing.com, by Felicia Marcus and Jill Ozarski | February 14, 2022

There are successful models for leveraging natural systems to improve water quality and supplies, enhance biodiversity and blunt the ravages of wildfires. There’s even something we can learn from beavers.

Warmer Winter Temperatures Causing Increased Risk of Earlier Bay Area Wildfire Season

From ABC 7 News, by Tim Johns | February 9, 2022

The lack of rain means vegetation flammability metrics are currently at levels closer to those typical of the summertime months.

Drought Impacts on Upcoming Wildfire Season

From Keyt.com, by Kelsey Gerckens | February 11, 2022

As weather throughout the first weeks of February continue to be completely dry, with temperatures in the 80s, new drought maps show no improvement for California’s drought status this month

Soak up the February Sun? Not Without Climate Change Guilt in California

From Politico, by Debra Kahn | February 12, 2022

Californians are seeing a dark side to balmy February temperatures.

Local Forestry Firms Awarded US Forest Service Wildland Firefighting Contracts

From KDRV.com, by Jamie Parfitt | February 10, 2022

Oregon's US Senators on Thursday announced that eight Oregon forestry companies have been awarded wildland firefighting contracts with the US Forest Service, including three local firms.