March 15 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. 

Weary Of Lawsuit & Fearing Delays, Marshall Fire Victims Plan Rally

From CBS Denver, by Alan Gionet | March 12, 2022

Residents of Boulder County, CO plan to rally against lawsuit filed by Demanding Integrity in Government Spending organization, which they fear could slow the process of cleanup after the Marshall Fire

At Annual Address, Marion County Commissioners Revisit Wildfire Recovery Efforts, Talk Plans for Behavioral Health Services

From Salem Reporter, by Ardeshir Tabrizian | March 11, 2022

At the annual State of the County Address Wednesday, Marion County, OR commissioners said building more housing was essential to helping people transition out of homelessness

‘Give Thanks With Grace’: Cindy Chauran Helps Rebuild a Community

From Salem Statesman Journal, by Capi Lynn | March 13, 2022

Cindy Chauran of Gate, OR and local leader who spearheaded the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief fund is one of USA TODAY’s Women of the Year, a recognition of women across the country who have made a significant impact. The annual program is a continuation of Women of the Century, a 2020 project that commemorated the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.

Estimated TOTAL Cost of the Camp Fire Was About $422 Billion

From Wildfire Today, by Bill Gabbert | March 12, 2022

Compilation of data regarding the 2018 Camp Fire, including total damage and economic costs, insured loss, debris removal, and victim aid.

Effects of Wildfires on Grapes and Wine Revealed by Chemical Analysis

From Technology Networks | March 14, 2022

Wildfires produce volatile phenols which accumulate in grapes as phenol glycosides and give rise to unpleasant “smoke taint” in wines. Chemical analysis to quantify biomarkers in grapes and wine can be used to assess the likelihood of smoke taint

New Drone Technology Could Change the Game for Firefighters Battling Wildfires

From The Denver Channel, by Jessie Cohen | March 4, 2022

Gas-electronic drones designed to carry heavy payloads significant distances to bring tools and supplies to firefighters will significantly aid in fighting fires

New Biden Wildfire Commission Looking for Prevention Experts to Shape Federal Policy

From The Sacramento Bee, by Alex Roarty | March 10, 2022

The federal government on Thursday will begin accepting applications for a newly created commission designed to shape the nation’s management of wildland fires

California's PG&E to Test Ford Lightning EV as a Way of Preventing Wildfires

From CNET, by Kyle Hyatt | March 11, 2022

The utility giant will use the Lightning's vehicle-to-grid capability to keep homes powered in high wind conditions.

As Climate Changes, World Grapples With a Wildfire Crisis

From UN Environment Programme | March 9, 2022

Common deadly blazes have destroyed iconic landscapes and impacted millions of people and habitats with the rapidly rising temperatures

3 Bills Designed to Manage Colorado’s New Wildfire Reality

From 303 Magazine, by Ellie Sullum | March 8, 2022

Three bills are introduced that will assist in wildfire prevention and mitigation, including Saving Homeowners Money on Wildfire Mitigation, Wildfire Mitigation and Recovery, and Wildfire Mitigation Incentives for Local Governments

Biden-Harris Administration Issues Call for Wildfire Commission Member Applications

From | March 10, 2022

Members will recommend prevention and restoration strategies to tackle national wildfire crisis

Videos Show Marshall Fire Started by 2 Separate Ignition Points Less Than a Mile Apart

From 9news, by Kevin Vaughan | March 7, 2022

The Marshall Fire had two separate ignition points a third of a mile and 40 minutes apart, according to documents obtained by 9Wants to Know and multiple cell phone videos captured in the blaze’s first hour.

Hollister Fire Prompts Evacuations West of Santa Barbara, CA

From Wildfire Today, by Bill Gabbert | March 13, 2022

A wildfire 32 miles west of Santa Barbara that has prompted evacuations in the Gaviota area has burned 100 acres, with aircraft coming in to assist firefighters