January 11 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. 

This Vast Wildfire Lab Is Helping Foresters Prepare for a Hotter Planet

From The New York Times, by Henry Fountain | January 5, 2022

When the Bootleg fire tore through a nature reserve in Oregon this summer, the destruction varied in different areas. Researchers say forest management methods, including controlled burns, were a big factor.

Big Park Council Submits Comments in Opposition To APS Above-Ground Powerline

From Sedona.Biz | January 8, 2022

Big Park Regional Coordinating Council has submitted a letter to the U.S. Forest Service in opposition to a proposed, above-ground Arizona Public Service Powerline Project that would run across Coconino National Forest and require a special use permit from the Forest Service

Judge Pauses California Luxury Development Over Wildfire Evacuation Concerns

From Los Angeles Times, by Alex Wigglesworth | January 10, 2022

After plans for luxury resort fail to account for wildfire evacuation plans, judge orders a stop to the project

In Fire-Prone California, Experts Push Utilities to Monitor the Riskiest Equipment on the Grid

From Market Place, by Lily Jamali | January 6, 2022

Amidst some of California's most deadly wildfires, there is a push for power companies in the state to take inventory of their oldest infrastructure

Development of Ultra-Luxury Northern California Resort Stopped Due to Wildfire Risk

From SF Gate, by Amy Graff | January 7, 2022

Because of failure to consider wildfire evacuation strategies, judge halts development of massive ultra-luxury resort in Northern California

Dog Lost in Caldor Fire Last Summer Rescued in Snowy Northern California Mountains

From The Mercury News, by Associated Press | January 10, 2022

A dog separated from owner in last summer's wildfire evacuations in Northern California mountains is found in deep snow last month, leading to intense rescue operation

Pandemic Adds Time, Cost to Rebuild After Colo. Wildfire

From U.S. News, by Associated Press | January 7, 2022

In Colorado and other states hit by natural disasters this year, the pandemic has injected extra uncertainty and created more obstacles for families trying to rebuild.

New Study Shows Protecting Ecosystems Takes Priority Over Planting Trees For Carbon Storage

From Clean Technica, by Johnna Crider | January 9, 2022

Though planting trees is a necessity for removing carbon from the atmosphere, a new study has found that the first priority is protecting ecosystems by reducing emission and carbon removal from the atmosphere

This Isn’t the California I Married

From The New York Times, by Elizabeth Weil | January 3, 2022

The honeymoon’s over for its residents now that wildfires are almost constant. Has living in this natural wonderland lost its magic?

Biden Surveys Colorado Wildfire Damage, Comforts Victims

From KKTV, by Associated Press | January 7, 2022

President Biden and his wife comfort Coloradans struggling with rebuilding homes and businesses destroyed by last week's winter fire that burned through a pair of heavily populated suburbs between Denver and Boulder.

Marshall Fire Survivors Find 'Silver Linings' At Recovery Center as Biden Visits

From KUNC, by Scott Franz | January 7, 2022

Though survivors of the Colorado fire struggle with their painful loss, residents come together in support of one another to make the rebuilding process easier

Revisiting Greenville: The Mountain Town Destroyed by California’s Largest Wildfire

From The Guardian, by Dani Anguiano | January 5, 2022

Four months after the Dixie fire wiped away more than a century of history in a town of 1,100 in just half an hour, the majority of residents are still displaced

Tree Touching PG&E Power Line Sparked California's Dixie Wildfire, Investigation Finds

From Reuters | January 6, 2022

A tree coming in contact with cables operated by Pacific Gas and Electric power utility has been found to have sparked California's second largest ever wildfire

Superior Mayor Discusses Recovery, Housing Challenges After Historic Wildfire in Boulder County, CO

From Public Radio East | January 5, 2022

Discussion with mayor of Superior, Colorado, Clint Folsom, about recovery efforts in hardest hit town after Marshall Fire

Resources Aid Victims in Marshall Fire Recovery

From Daily Camera, by Deryn Davidson and Sharon Bokan | January 4, 2022

Wildfire and fire recovery resources made available to victims of the Marshall Fire

Interview: Butte County District Attorney on Prosecuting PG&E for Another Wildfire

From capradio, by Tiffany Lew and Mike Hagerty | January 9, 2022

District attorney of Butte County, Michael Ramsey discusses filing charges in regards to fire after prosecuting PG&E for the 2018 Camp Fire

Clever Wood Use Could Mitigate Wildfires and Climate Change

From Eos, by Andrew Chapman | January 5, 2022

California plans to use forest thinning to reduce wildfire risk. New research suggests the state could also see a climate benefit by repurposing waste wood produced by thinning.

See California Wildlife Return to Wildfire Zones, Courtesy of Hidden Cameras

From KQED, by Danielle Venton | January 7, 2022

Through multiple hidden cameras set up along Northern California forests, researchers find that areas where fire has been less severe have begun to increase in biodiversity

‘We Can’t Ignore Reality’: Colorado Fires Highlight Urgency of US Climate Legislation

From The Guradian, by Nina Lakhani | January 7, 2022

Build Back Better bill hangs in balance as Biden takes his sixth tour of a climate disaster since taking office

Exclusive: Newsom’s Budget Would Add Billions to Fight Drought, Fires and Boost California Farm

From The Sacramento Bee, by Sophia Bollag | January 9, 2022

On Monday, Gov. Newsom will propose spending billions of additional dollars on drought response, wildfire suppression and rural workforce development programs

How the IRS Taxes Wildfire Victims

From Forbes, by Robert W. Wood | July 29 , 2021

Variables and standards that will determine how fire victims are taxed