May 24 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. 

Governor: Fire could destroy over 1,000 NM homes

From Santa Fe New Mexican, by Robert Nott | May 17, 2022

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire, the biggest in New Mexico history, could be responsible for the loss of between 1,000 to 1,500 homes and structures and displacing as many as 10,000 people.

‘Nothing to go back to’: the way of life lost to New Mexico’s historic fire

From The Guardian, by Annette McGivney | May 18, 2022

The largest wildfire in state history has torn through centuries-old rural communities, displacing thousands

How do wildfires get their names?

From Fox40, by Matthew Nobert | May 20, 2022

What goes into naming the 8,000 wildfires in California so that units and resources are sent to the correct place

Removing stuff around your home that could fuel wildfire: Importance of 'defensible space'

From KCRA News, by Melanie Wingo | May 20, 2022

Resident of Camino-area describes how he and his neighbors are preparing for this wildfire season through creating defensible space

JaCo tests county-wide emergency alert system

From Fox26, by Jenna King | May 19, 2022

Ahead of wildfire season, emergency managers in Jackson County, OR are testing the local notification system Thursday, to keep southern Oregon residents safe

Neighboring brush fires reminds Malibu of what’s approaching

From The Malibu Times, by Samantha Bravo | May 22, 2022

Malibu takes several public safety measures, including traffic enforcement and parking regulations, reminding residents of the approaching wildfire season

2022 California Wildfire Preparedness Guide: What to know and how to stay safe

From KCRA, by KCRA Staff | May 20, 2022

There are things you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during wildfire season. This guide provides links to wildfire coverage with information on what to know before and during a fire

Over 500 firefighters training for potentially busy Oregon wildfire season

From KGW8, by Joe Raineri | May 17, 2022

To prepare for what's expected to be a busy season, hundreds of firefighters have spent the last couple weeks in training.

Extension and partners offer sessions on preparing for wildfire and evacuations

From Nevada Today, by Claudene Wharton | May 23, 2022

To help Nevadans prepare for wildfire and evacuations, University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s Living With Fire Program and numerous partners are offering two “Preparing for Wildfire and Evacuation” sessions

Lien Placed On Superior Home After Poor Remediation Process Following Marshall Fire

From CBS Denver, by Shaun Boyd | May 20, 2022

Restoration companies are placing liens on some of the homes damaged but not destroyed in the Marshall Fire.

The town at the center of California’s climate refugee crisis

From The Guardian, by Dani Anguiano | May 22, 2022

When the Camp fire raged through the Sierra Nevada foothills, it turned an existing housing crisis into a growing emergency

Public meeting over housing aid for 2020 wildfire survivors

From KDRV, by Makenna Marks | May 19, 2022

Oregon Housing and Community Services held a meeting at the Talent Community Center on Thursday to hear from the public about federal housing aid for 2020 wildfire survivors.

Volunteer firefighters near Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon blaze were evacuated — but stayed to help

From Santa Fe New Mexican, by Gwen Albers | May 22, 2022

After being ordered to evacuate from the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire, volunteer firefighters elected to stay behind and help by driving around the community and spraying water on structures

Back to Greenville: Community rebuilding from the Dixie Fire braces for fire season

From KRCR, by Mason Carroll | May 18, 2022

Residents of Greenville recount the evacuation period during the Dixie Fire, looking back at how different their community looks today

Governor Meets With Federal Official On Wildfire And Disaster In Washington, DC; Small Private Wedding Set For Saturday

From Los Alamos Reporter | May 20, 2022

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday met with federal lands and emergency response officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss national forest management in New Mexico and advocate for additional federal assistance as multiple wildfires continue to burn across the state

Statement of Forest Service Chief Randy Moore Announcing Pause of Prescribed Fire Operations on National Forest System Lands

From USDA | May 20, 2022

Forest Service Chief Randy Moore announces pause on prescribed fire operations on National Forest System lands while they review protocols