June 7 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. 

Firefighters Stop Spread of Brush Fire in Santa Barbara

From NBC Los Angeles | June 6, 2022

Fire officials say the Bridge Fire burning east of Highway 154 in Santa Barbara was deemed suspicious.

East Troublesome Fire, second largest in Colorado history, was human caused, investigators say

From The Denver Channel, by Blair Miller | June 3, 2022

The 2020 East Troublesome Fire has been revealed to be human-caused. Now exactly who started it and how remains under investigation

California's fire season 'well underway,' state and federal officials warn

From Palo Alto Online, by Eli Walsh / Bay City News Foundation | June 2, 2022

State and federal officials report that state firefighters have already responded to nearly 2,300 wildfires so far in 2022, burning nearly 11,000 acres, but prevention and preparedness efforts are being put into place

CAL Fire Contributes Millions To Wildfire Prevention

From myMotherLode.com, by Tracey Petersen | June 4, 2022

Mother Lode counties will share nearly $8 million in CAL Fire grants with wildfire-threatened communities to increase the protection of people, structures, and communities.

California Agencies Prepare to Help Local Fire Departments This Fire Season

From NBC Bay Area, by Stephanie Magallon | June 1, 2022

State senator Alex Padilla and several state agencies met to discuss how to streamline fire fights so that local agencies and officials can respond, and help communities recover from wildfire emergencies.

CA County Receives $3.3M Grant for Wildfire Prevention

From Firehouse, by Darrell Smith | June 4, 2022

El Dorado County will received $3.3 million from the $118 million Cal Fire grant to remove vegetation and create fire breaks to reduce wildfire threats.

Sonoma County firefighters train on how to control flames as wildfire season arrives

From The Press Democrat, by Alana Minkler | June 2, 2022

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Fire Technology Program provides hands-on experience for firefighters for fires both small and large.

Every home in America now has a wildfire threat score, and some areas see a 200% jump in risk

From CNBC, by Diana Olick | May 16, 2022

With wildfire threat increasing, First Street Foundation is mapping the threat with house-by-house specificity, using everything from property tax data to satellite imagery to assign a wildfire risk score that factors in construction type, roof type, weather and exposure to natural fuels

Menaced by flames, nuclear lab peers into future of wildfire

From ABC News, by Morgan Lee | May 13, 2022

Research and partnerships through Los Alamos National Laboratory could yield reliable predictions that shape the way national forests are thinned or selectively burned to ward off disastrous wildfires

Human-triggered California wildfires more severe than natural blazes

From, UCI News | June 6, 2022

University of California, Irvine reported recently that human-caused wildfires in California are more ferocious than blazes sparked by lightning, a discovery made possible by advances in fire modeling for improved tracking algorithms

Community of Detroit opens civic center close to two years after devastating wildfire

From KATU, by Megan Allison | June 4, 2022

The Santiam Canyon town of Detroit opened its community center on Saturday. The project started about two years ago, right after the devastating 2020 Labor Day wildfires.