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 CBS News, by Arden Farhi | June 11, 2022
Biden authorized the federal government to cover all of the costs related to "debris removal and emergency protective measures for 90 days undertaken by the State of New Mexico as a result of the wildfires and straight-line winds" and a bill in Congress could go further to provide assistance
From AP News | June 10, 2022
Dozens of residents in a small New Mexico community impacted by massive wildfires that merged in April are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they called a failure to provide information about the government’s role in starting the blazes.
From Claims Journal, by Susan Montoya Bryan | June 9, 2022
New Mexico's governor states that that the destruction caused by the largest wildfire burning in the U.S. has been devastating for thousands of residents and their lives have been forever disrupted and altered
From Las Cruces Sun News, by Alicia Inez Guzmán | June 9, 2022
Anger toward the Forest Service has been smoldering for a century. Raging wildfires brought it roaring to life.
From Fox 11 Los Angeles, by Associated Press | June 11, 2022
Pacific Gas & Electric on Thursday pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges it faces after its equipment sparked a wildfire that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes in Northern California two years ago
From Wildfire Today, by Bill Gabbert | June 11, 2022
Summary and update of the recent wildfire activity near Interstate 5 in the Grapevine area north of Los Angeles
From Popular Science, by Philip Kiefer | June 10, 2022
Popular Science spoke to Sean Triplett, the tools and technology lead at the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates wildfire responses across the country, to break down the key statistic in what constitutes a fire being "contained"
From npr, by Ximena Bustillo | June 11, 2022
As the fire season appraoches U.S. Forest Service faces more retention and recruitment issues that have resulted in a depleted workforce while fire seasons worsen and the Biden administration is increasing pressure to reduce wildfire risks across the West.
From tvtech, by George Winslow | June 10, 2022
Verizon has been running emergency drills, testing fiber and cell site readiness, and ensuring recovery equipment is in place; drones are also part of the backup plans
From Unknown Overland | June 11, 2022
It's been a lot of time yet no time at all, from the first days we were allowed to go back to the moment when we can finally start rebuilding. A lot of work done clearing debris, scraping, removing what was. But now the land is ready again to start rebuilding a neighborhood.
From KTVY FOX 2 News, by Tom Vacar | June 14, 2022
The town of Paradise is in the midst of a building boom, now 4 1/2 years post disaster. 1,400 homes have already been rebuilt. Currently, there are some 150 listings for lots and finished houses at very affordable prices, attracting buyers from all over the state.
After the Marshall fire, firefighters across Colorado worry about a similar disaster in their communities
From CPR News, by Miguel Otárola | June 10, 2022
Inside the Poudre Fire Authority headquarters in Fort Collins on Thursday, two dozen firefighters and first responders put aside the prepared prompts and spoke frankly about what it’s like to do their jobs in 2022.
From abc 7 Denver, by Rob Harris | June 10, 2022
Artificial intelligence developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder is allowing scientists to identify the locations and amounts of dead or dying trees and vegetation in Colorado forests, which burn quickly and, therefore, cause wildfires to spread faster.
From CNN, by Stephanie Elam | June 10, 2022
As the extended drought has left vegetation dry, brittle and ripe for burning, fire officials in Southern California are bracing for another challenging summer and fall of wildfires amid a shortage of firefighting crews and increased workloads.
From NBC Los Angeles, by Jonathan Lloyd | June 9, 2022
Fuel moisture levels, an important factor in the spread of wildfires, are at historic lows in parts of Southern California as the region enters the hot and dry summer months.
From abc 10 | June 10, 2022
A summary on how PG&E's failure to take precautions regarding trees on their power lines and dried brush led to the destruction of the Dixie Fire