March 8 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. 

Superior Board Of Trustees Pleads With Boulder County Over Marshall Fire Debris Removal Lawsuit

From CBS Denver | March 4, 2022

Homeowners wanting to rebuild after the Marshall Fire could be facing even longer delays after a lawsuit filed over debris removal.

There Are New Financial Incentives for Marshall Fire Victims to Rebuild Greener Homes

From CPR News, by Sam Brasch | February 28, 2022

Marshall fire victims will have some extra financial help rebuilding their homes to modern green construction standards, including $7,500 to $37,500 to rebuild homes to a range of green building standards, and access to a planned community solar garden

Camp Fire Attorney Calls Out DA for Lack of Transparency in Contractor Fraud

From KRCR, by Ryan Matthey | March 4, 2022

Attorneys for victims of contractor frauds say Butte County District Attorney’s Office is not doing enough to respond to the issues

While Rebuilding From Wildfires, Oregon Also Needs to Tend More Attentively to Personal Needs

From Oregon Capital Chronicle, by Naseem Rakha | February 28, 2022

With much of the state in drought conditions, teams better be ready for another wildfire season – including mental health teams

Eighty-One Percent of Recommendations in Woolsey Fire Report Now in Place

From The Malibu Times, by Jimy Tallal | March 3, 2022

After destruction from the Woolsey Fire, the LA County Board of Supervisors note that 81 percent of Citygate Associates's recommendations have been implemented

70,000 California Wildfire Victims Lost Everything. Now They’re Fighting an Uphill Battle for Money to Rebuild

From San Francisco Chronicle, by Julie Johnson | March 6, 2022

Thousands of fire victims are scheduled to receive less than half of compensation promised with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. bankruptcy settlement fund falling short of $13.5 billion promise

The Woolsey Fire Impacted Water Quality for Months

From, by Chrissy Sexton | March 4, 2022

Using satellite imagery, precipitation data, and water quality reports to assess coastal water quality after Woolsey Fire, a new study shows potentially harmful bacteria in water

Oregon Legislature Passes Private Forest Accord Package with Bipartisan Support

From Tillamook Headlight Herald, by Governor Kate Brown | March 5, 2022

Governor Kate Brown issues statement following the passage of the Private Forest Accord package, Senate Bills 1501 and 1502 and House Bill 4055

Malibu Installs First Emergency Box To Help Firefighters

From msn, by Emily Rahhal | March 4, 2022

Custom designed, weatherproof boxes to store maps, flash drives with map files and other local information for first responders, will be placed throughout the city of Malibu to help out-of-area firefighters respond to local emergencies

Chemical Link Discovered Between Wildfire Smoke and Ozone Depletion

From Sci Tech Daily, by Jennifer Chu | March 1, 2022

If wildfires become larger and more frequent, they might stall ozone recovery for years

Neguse, Bennet, Hickenlooper Call on Congressional Appropriators to Expand Disaster Recovery Grants in the Wake of the Marshall Fire

From | March 2, 2022

Colorado lawmakers push for additional federal funding to support disaster recovery efforts across the U.S., including providing funds for Coloradans recovering from the Marshall Fire

Could Act Of Congress Prevent More California Megafires?

From CBS Sacramento, by Steve Large | March 2, 2022

California Congress members Doug LaMalfa and Tom McClintock are proposing new legislation that would require the USFS to respond with immediate suppression of a wildfire once spotted.