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 The Lamar Ledger, by Kieran Nicholson | May 14, 2022
Firefighters on Saturday battled two wildfires in Colorado, the High Park fire in Teller County and the Ute Pass fire near Durango. The distant fires started Friday, and both involved evacuations.
From NU Property Casualty, by Brian K. Sullivan and Brian Eckhouse | May 13, 2022
A wind-driven wildfire destroyed at least 20 homes in a wealthy town in California’s Orange County, laying bare how a historic drought has left the region under constant threat of blazes.
From AP News, by Marcio Sanchez and John Antczak | May 12, 2022
Southern California Edison has told state utility regulators that unspecified electrical “circuit activity” happened at about the time that a wildfire erupted near the wealthy coastal city of Laguna Niguel
Interview: The New Mexico fires are burning through ancestral land that is tied to many Coloradan families
From CPR News, by Rachel Estabrook | May 13, 2022
Just south of the Colorado-New Mexico border, the biggest wildfire in the United States has burned over 270,000 acres and is far from being extinguished.
From KOB 4, by The Associated Press | May 15, 2022
Crews fighting the second-largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history are trying to take advantage of several days of mild winds to gain control over a fire that had charred more than 450 square miles by Sunday.
From ABC 10, by Lauren Walike, Associated Press | May 13, 2022
A wildfire that erupted Wednesday, May 11, in coastal Southern California raced through coastal bluffs of multimillion-dollar mansions, burning at least 20 homes according to fire officials
From The Denver Gazette, by Mark Samuelson Special | May 11, 2022
According to an April 26 report released by the Colorado Division of Insurance, 92% of homeowners are coming up short of what it costs to rebuild from the Dec. 30 fire in Louisville, Superior and unincorporated areas of Boulder County
From KEZI.com| May 15, 2022
With financial help from timber giant Weyerhaeuser, the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) has set up an online behavioral health resource especially for wildland firefighters.
From CBS Denver, by Rick Sallinger | May 12, 2022
A major study is underway into the Marshall Fire to help prepare for future disasters. One part of the research is into how some homes are still standing while others around them are gone.
From KRCR, by Sam Chimenti | May 12, 2022
As California prepares for one of the driest summers on record, the horror of past Northstate fires remains fresh in people's minds.
From ABC 10, by Gabriel Porras | May 13, 2022
Researchers for the project are now seeking participants who were pregnant during last year's fire season.
Lack Of Transparency On Cost Of Marshall Fire Debris Removal Frustrating Agencies In Charge, Raising Questions
From CBS Denver, by Rick Sallinger | May 13, 2022
The town of Superior’s trustees are wondering why Boulder County won’t tell them how much each part of the Marshall Fire debris removal process is going to cost, as victims of the Marshall Fire struggle to move forward.
From Paradise Post, by Rick Silva | May 12, 2022
According to the state Department of Finance, Butte County lost 2.44% of its population between 2021 and 2022, from 206,640 to 201,608.
From Washington Center for Equitable Growth, by Michael Garvey | May 10, 2022
Effects of climate change including increased temperatures, drought, and hurricanes are hindering economic growth around the country by doing great damage to homes
From The New York Times, by Christopher Flavelle and Nadja Popovich | May 16, 2022
New data was used to calculate fire risk to residential and other properties. The threats are rising.
From The Denver Gazette, by Carol McKinley | May 13, 2022
Starting June 6, residents in the eastern grassland area of unincorporated Boulder County must follow new building regulations requiring them to use ignition-resistant materials before they build new homes.
From CNN, by Allison Chinchar | May 15, 2022
An early season heat wave will build across the southern tier of the United States, creating "unstable conditions" for wildfires and forcing some residents to conserve power usage.
From CBS Denver, by Alan Gionet | May 14, 2022
With wildfires growing in Colorado, more expensive methods of technology are being added to combat the growing danger