March 22 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. 

Aspiring Journalists at Talent Middle School Working with PBS on Almeda Fire Story

From KOBI-TV NBC5 | March 17, 2022

Two eighth graders at Talent Middle School, are getting a head start in their journalism careers, covering a story that has impacted them personally-how wildfire impacted their lives.

Grant Money Will Help Homes and Offices Affected by 2020 Wildfires to be More Fire-Resistant

From Jefferson Public Radio, by Brian Bull | March 14, 2022

Oregon homes and businesses damaged or destroyed by the 2020 wildfires can get financial help through a state and multi-county partnership.

Answers to Faster Recovery From a Wildfire Are in the Water

From Purdue University, by Kayla Wiles | March 15, 2022

Purdue University professor and his students help guide communities by decontaminating water systems to help lead to faster economic recovery

90 Wildfires Have Already Been Reported in Arizona This Year. What Can We Expect For Summer?

From azcentral, by Amaris Encinas | March 17, 2022

With warm temperatures just around the corner, fire officials, said it is hard to say whether Arizona's wildfire season will be more intense than it was last year.

San Mateo Co. Urges Wildfire Preparedness With 'Dire Year' Ahead

From Patch, by Bay City News, News Partner | March 18, 2022

Cal Fire, local fire districts and other agencies in San Mateo County have sped up projects to reduce the threat of wildfires.

CU Boulder: New Study Can Serve as a Guide for Future Wildfire Research

From Daily Camera, by Annie Mehl | March 16, 2022

University of Colorado Boulder researchers decided to find out if wildfires are becoming more prevalent and expand quality of research available to scientists

Recent Megafire Smoke Columns Have Reached the Stratosphere, Threatening Earth’s Ozone Shield

From Inside Climate News, by Bob Berwyn | March 17, 2022

New research warns that wildfire emissions could unravel progress made under the Montreal Protocol to shrink atmospheric ozone holes.

Climate Change: Wildfire Smoke Linked to Arctic Melting

From BBC News, by Matt McGrath | March 18, 2022

The dense plumes of wildfire smoke seen in recent years are contributing to the warming of the Arctic, say scientists.

Drought and Dixie Fire Impacts Water Quality at Lake Almanor

From Plumas News, by Dr. Gina Johnston | March 16, 2022

2021 water quality report for Lake Almanor analyzes changes in temperature, oxygen concentration, electrical conductivity, transparency and pH, as well as plankton types and population density.

Judge to Issue Order in Boulder County Marshall Fire Debris Removal Contract Lawsuit

From Daily Camera, by Deborah Swearingen | March 18, 2022

Visiting District Judge Stephen Howard intends to issue a written order by March 30 that determines whether Boulder County violated Colorado’s Open Meetings Law when selecting a contractor to lead its Marshall Fire debris removal program.

Boulder County OKs Marshall Fire Article 19 Regulations With Some Changes

From Daily Camera, by Deborah Swearingen | March 17, 2022

The Boulder County Commissioners unanimously approved the Article 19 regulations, meant to streamline the process for unincorporated county residents looking to rebuild after the Marshall Fire.

Here’s How Much it Cost to Suppress Dixie Fire, Other Major 2021 Wildfires in California

From The Sacramento Bee, by Michael McGough | March 18, 2022

According to new data, two of California’s largest wildfire incidents in 2021 cost fire agencies more than $500 million apiece to suppress, and a third cost more than a quarter-million dollars to fight

Texas’s Worst Wildfire Expands as High Winds Fan Bone-Dry Brush

From Bloomberg, by Joe Carroll | March 20, 2022

The worst wildfire in Texas history expanded by more than 20% as new blazes were sparked and spread by strong gusts blowing across parched fields and forests.