July 12 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. 

Hundreds evacuate after wildfire closes Yosemite National Park’s famed Mariposa Grove, home to 500 giant sequoias

From NBCnews, by Tim Stelloh and Marlene Lenthang | July 8, 2022

Though no historic sequoias have burned, the community of Wawona has been forced to evacuate from the Washburn Fire that led to the closure of Yosemite National Park’s Mariposa Grove


Top official during massive New Mexico blaze gets new post

From The Washington Post, by Susan Montoya Bryan | July 8, 2022

Amid early stages of recovery for the New Mexico wildfire, Debbie Cress has been named acting deputy chief of staff in the office of U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore, causing critisicm from those who are already upset with the agency's handling of perscribed burns


Yosemite's giant sequoias: Wildfire threatens world's largest trees

From BBC News, by Malu Cursino | July 10, 2022

As the Washburn Fire increases in size, forcing residents and campers ot evacuate, firefighters work to protect some of the largest and oldest redwood trees in the world.


Tech Helps California Fire Districts Navigate Chaotic Scenes

From Government Technology, by Alana Minkler | July 8, 2022

Tablet Command, an incident management and response software application founded by Bay Area-based firefighters, will help fire officials to better manage resources by being able to see where their personnel are on a map, assign resources, communicate, view incident locations and 911 dispatch information, and more

Colorado Voices: Building Back Better After the Marshall Fire

From Rocky Mountain PBS | 2022

After the Marshall Fire in Colorado burned more than 1,000 homes in Boulder County, surviving families and residents are looking to build a stronger future through fire resistant homes and methods that will prepare them more efficiently for future disasters

New Talent evac map shows zones, routes

From Mail Tribune, by Tony Boom | July 8, 2022

Talent town officials created new tool with Jackson County Emergency Management to help homeowner and businesses determine what emergency evacuation zone they are in and the recommended routes out

Greenville Rising July 7: Insurance questions loom while small successes move forward

From Plumas News, by Meg Upton | July 8, 2022

Insurance policy rates and cancellations begin to increase at an extreme rate as Dixie Fire anniversary approaches, including an increase on the Indian Valley Volunteer Fire Department that will have extreme consequences for the community

Local construction workers volunteer to rebuild homes burned by the Camp Fire

From CBS8, by cbs8.com | July 8, 2022

After the lasting devastation of the Camp Fire, Paul Trimble and the International Relief Team are helping to rebuild homes and businesses, with each home being built around 1800 square feet and families receiving a a grant and a 30-year loan that is interest-free

New Film Honors CZU Survivors Two Years Post Blaze

From Press Banner, by Christina Wise | July 8, 2022

Director Peter Gelblum creates film “The CZU Fire In Their Own Words: Fighting Fires, Losing Homes and Rebuilding Community" to document the trials of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire as a gift to the community to share their stories

A Devastating Look at the Impacts of Wildfires Beyond the Burn

From Gizmodo, by Lauren Leffer | July 8, 2022

A look at how the devastating and lasting effects wildfires can have decades later on the environment as well as how size and frequency of fires continue to grow

‘All that’s needed is a spark’: why the US may be headed for a summer of mega-fire

From The Guardian, by Gabrielle Canon | July 7, 2022

According to outlook from the National Interagency Fire Center, fire activity is expected to increase in quantity and intensity over the summer with risk factors such as drought, dried fuels, and increased heat and wind

Fire danger looking ‘grim as always’: Cal Fire CZU chief talks prevention efforts as warmer weather looms

From Lookout Santa Cruz, by Hillary Ojeda | July 8, 2022

Nate Armstrong, chief of Cal Fire’s San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit describes grim outlook with dry vegetation and warm weather increasing in the approaching fire season months