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.
From Homeland Security Today | January 14, 2022
WFSTAR is now required training for all personnel assigned to positions with fireline duties, and for any position assigned to the fireline for non-suppression tasks.
From AgNet West Radio Network | January 18, 2022
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Forest Service Chief Randy Moore launch strategy outline that will discuss increase fuels and forest health treatments as a response to the growing wildfire crisis
From Santa Cruz Sentinel, by Hannah Hagemann | January 18, 2022
After the CZU August Lightning Complex fire burned 97% of Big Basin Park’s 18,000 acres, residents will get a chance to discuss the rebuilding process via an online forum
From The Colorado Sun, by Jason Blevins, Tamara Chuang, Shannon Najmabadi, Olivia Prentzel and Kevin Simpson | January 16, 2022
The Colorado Sun reached out to several of the people who not only survived the catastrophic wildfires, but rebuilt in the wake of infernos to get insight on insurance issues and coping with the emotional weight of the destruction
From Global News, by Heather Yourex-West | January 14, 2022
After fire that wiped out the village of Lytton during a record heatwave, Kanaka Bar, with the help of researchers at Calgary’s Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, is preparing to build homes for families that have been displaced by the destruction, homes that can withstand not only future fires, but all kinds of extreme weather events.
Boulder County Has Rules on How to Better Build Homes to Survive Wildfires. None of Them Applied Where 1,000+ Homes Burned in Marshall Fire
From Colorado Public Radio, by Michael Elizabeth Sakas | January 18, 2022
Colorado does not have statewide regulations on how homes should be built or rules on how landscaping and other open space should be managed to survive wildfires better. A handful of other states do. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, thoughtful changes to both can greatly increase the chances of a home surviving a wildfire.Neither of the communities that suffered the most damage in the Marshall fire has wildfire-focused construction or design requirements.
From 9news, by Luis de Leon | January 15, 2022
With labor shortages and other issues continuing in the supply chain, the eventual process to rebuild may be extended, experts say.
Colorado Springs Fire Department Launches New Wildfire Information Website – Colorado Springs, Colorado
From Eminetra, by coloradosprings | January 14, 2022
New Colorado Springs Fire Department website features continually updated information on wildfire precautions and responses
From CBS News, by Tori B. Powell | January 18, 2022
U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday that Biden administration will make "aggressive effort" to address the blazes in a new multi-billion dollar initiative: a 10-year strategy called "Confronting the Wildfire Crisis: A Strategy for Protecting Communities and Improving Resilience in America's Forests"
From Estes Park Trail Gazette, by Joe Neguse | January 18, 2022
Representatives Joe Neguse and Earl Blumenauer are unveiling new legislation, The Resilience Act, that will strengthen FEMA’s pre and post-disaster mitigation efforts and improve codes and standards to make American communities more prepared for worsening natural disasters.