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 KEZI9 ABC News, by Chelsea Hunt | March 25, 2022
Oregon officials need public input for how to allocate wildfire relief funds and develop and action plan in order to qualify for for a federal HUD grant. Oregon residents are encouraged to participate in a survey in regard to this plan.
From The Press Banner, by Christina Wise | March 25, 2022
Updates on how the Santa Cruz Long Term Recovery Group offers meetings to help fire survivors navigate recovery from the CZU Fire, and increase collaboration between nonprofits and other local stakeholders
From Denver ABC 7, by Blair Miller | March 25, 2022
An informational webinar slated for Tuesday, March 29 with the county's debris removal contractor DRC Emergency Services will will provide a presentation that will cover schedule, advance preparatory work, property owner notification, costs, what is and isn’t included.
From Action News Now, by Tori Apodaca | March 24, 2022
Camp Fire survivors are seeking help from the district attorney due to concerns about their partially built homes that have stalled, alleging that they have signed with a contractor who may have scammed them.
From Independent Record, by Tom Kuglin | March 27, 2022
Philip Higuera, professor of fire ecology at University of Montana addressed the state legislature's Environmental Quality Council to share the dangers of the current climate trends of hot, dry and windy conditions and how that increases the frequency of wildfire, and emphasized the need for leaders to prioritize mitigation measures where human safety is a primary concern.
From USDA Southern Research Station, by Stephanie Siegel | March 24, 2022
Shed light on the need for more science-based prescribed fire predictions and models. Fire researchers and managers can use these tools to test scenarios, teach new prescribed fire managers, and identify possible improvements in fire prescriptions and plans.
From Oregon Public Broadcasting, by Juliet Grable | March 27, 2022
A new modular-construction project, bolstered by public wildfire recovery funds, seeks to provide affordable apartment home complexes in the Almeda fire zone. These complexes will help bring jobs to Oregon and get much needed housing built in a streamlined fashion for Rogue Valley residents.
From KTVL, by Ambar Rodriguez | March 26, 2022
A local power plant in Oregon is using wood debris from the 2020 wildfires to generate energy for 20,000 homes in the community and produce biochar, a material that contains carbon and helps supplement soil.
From Mercury News, by Lisa Krieger | March 27, 2022
CZU Fire burned the world's only known grove of Butano Cypres. Genetically unique, the grove grew on Butano Ridge, a 1,000-foot spine of ancient marine rocks in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Researchers have discovered that all of the old grove burned, but new seedlings have emerged. They will protect these fledgling trees and hope drought or another fire do not claim them.
From SF Chronicle, by Kurtis Alexander | March 28, 2022
A new study out of Princeton University and the NOAA modeling particulate pollution predicts severe conditions for dirty air will result from climate change and the increase in frequency of wildfires, especially impacting Northern CA and the Pacific NW region. These increases can cause serious health problems and will reverse decades of progress in for improving air quality.
From Fox 31, by Rachel Skyta | March 27, 2022
Mike Smith served as Incident Commander for the Marshall Fire and now for the NCAR Fire. He says key differences between the fires make it difficult to compare the two.
From New York Times, by Vimal Patel and Eduardo Medina | March 27, 2022
Just three months after the Marshall Fire, a wind-driven wildfire in the wildland-urban interface grasslands of unincorporated Boulder County, CO near the National Center for Atmospheric Research prompted thousands of evacuations over the weekend.
From Mail Tribune, by Kevin Opsahl | March 25, 2022
Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 4026 Wednesday, clearing the way for school districts in Oregon that are still recovering from the impacts of 2020's wildfires (Phoenix-Talent, McKenzie, Lincoln County and Santiam Canyon school districts) to tap into $25 million worth of grant funding from the Oregon Department of Education.