March 1 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. 

Some 2020 Wildfire Survivors Frustrated With FEMA and SBA Loan Process

From KGW8, by Christine Pitawanich | February 25, 2022

Brandon Kirk says he and his wife were denied four times by both FEMA and the Small Business Administration before getting aid. Then more financial headaches began.

Affordable Housing and Climate Change with Laurie Schoeman of Enterprise Community Partners

From America Adapts, by Doug Parsons | February 14, 2022

Doug Parsons hosts Laurie Schoeman, National Director for Climate Risk Reduction and Resilience at Enterprise Community Partners, to discuss affordable housing and climate change; standardizing resilience in building codes; what’s problematic about the subject of managed retreat; Resilience21; and a new, important FEMA housing policy change

'There Should Have Been a Failsafe': Marshall Fire Victims Say They Are Massively Underinsured

From The Denver Channel, by Jennifer Kovaleski | February 25, 2022

Weeks after Marshall Fire, victims learn their home insurance coverage is falling short after assuming insurance policies would cover cost to rebuild

Hundreds of 2020 Oregon Wildfire Survivors Still in Shelters

From Koin 6, by Amanda Arden | February 22, 2022

More than 500 survivors of the 2020 wildfires are living in shelter provided by Oregon Department of Human Services, nearly a year and a half after losing their homes

Tree Planting Underway in Wildfire-Stricken Santiam State Forest

From KGW8 by Christine Pitawanich | February 21, 2022

About 16,000 acres burned in the Santiam State Forest in 2020. Now there are big efforts to restore the landscape and replant trees.

Web Tool Co-Created by UCLA a Veritable ‘Swiss Army Knife’ for Land Management

From UCLA Newsroom, by David Colgan | February 24, 2022

LandCART uses machine learning to assess changes in vegetation and ground cover across the American West

Colorado State University Gets Millions to Study Forest Restoration, Wildfire Prevention

From Out There Colorado, by Conrad Swanson | February 26, 2022

Millions of dollars are coming to Colorado State University to study wildfire prevention, mitigation and recovery

Don’t Blame National Forests for America’s Massive Wildfires

From Popular Science, by Philip Kiefer | February 24, 2022

According to recent research, fires beginning in national forests is rare, and most ignitions come off private lands and move into forests and communities

Number of Wildfires to Rise by 50% by 2100 and Governments Are Not Prepared, Experts Warn

From UN Environment Programme | February 23, 2022

New report by the UN Environment Programme and GRID-Arendal says climate change and land-use change are projected to make wildfires more frequent and intense

How Wildfires Have Worsened in Recent Years

From Stacker, by Emma Rubin and Emilia Ruzicka | February 24, 2022

Data is cited from the National Interagency Fire Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to visualize how the spread of wildfires has worsened in recent years.

‘Another Reason to Lose Sleep’: California Fires Are Growing More Intense at Night, Study Shows

From The Sacramento Bee, by Michael McGough | February 25, 2022

Due to ongoing drought and dry fuel conditions, night wildfires in California are increasing more and more over the past two decades

Humanity Has a ‘Brief and Rapidly Closing Window’ To Avoid a Hotter, Deadly Future, U.N. Climate Report Says

From The Washington Post, by Sarah Kaplan and Brady Dennis | February 28, 2022

Latest IPCC report details escalating toll, but top scientists say the world still can choose a less catastrophic path

UN Climate Report: 'Atlas of Human Suffering' Worse, Bigger

From AP News, by Seth Borenstein | February 28, 2022

UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report states regular deadly heat, fires, floods, and droughts will persist with global warming

James Gallagher’s Fire Victims Trust Bill Meant to Start Discussion

From Enterprise-Record, by Rick Silva | February 26, 2022

State Assembly Minority Leader James Gallagher introduces legislation that will move further towards fully funding fire victims’ trust