May 3 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. 

Firefighters battling the nation's largest active wildfire brace for strong winds

From KQED, by Associated Press | May 1, 2022

Over 1,000 firefighters backed by bulldozers and aircraft battled the largest active wildfire in the U.S., after strong winds had pushed it across some containment lines and closer to a small city in northern New Mexico.

July and August wildfire danger predicted to be elevated in Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, and the Northwest

From Wildfire Today, by Bill Gabbert | May 1, 2022

Fire potential text and maps from NIFC represent cumulative forecasts of the ten Geographic Area Predictive Services Units and the National Predictive Services Unit

'Huge firefight' to defend New Mexico villages, city from blaze

From Reuters, by Andrew Hay | May 1, 2022

Thousands of residents of northern New Mexico villages evacuated on Sunday as fierce winds drove the largest active U.S. wildfire towards their drought-parched mountain valley.

Firefighters predict California-like wildfires in Colorado

From KDVR, by Vicente Arenas | April 29, 2022

As Colorado deals with its latest round of gusting winds, firefighters say people here should prepare for an even tougher time with wildfires

California’s wildfire preparedness week kicks off

From Kion 546, by Taryn Mitchell | May 2, 2022

Cal Fire and partnering agencies are spending May 1st through May 7th raising awareness for Wildfire Preparedness Week.

Montecito Fire brings back vent retrofit program ahead of fire season

From, by Jade Martinez-Pogue | April 29, 2022

Montecito residents can have their vents replaced with fire-resistant materials ahead of fire season as part of the Montecito Fire Protection District's 2022 Vent Retrofit Program.

Harden Your Home Against Wildfires With Defensible Spaces

From Sierra News Online, by SNO Staff | April 30, 2022

CAL FIRE and its partner agencies are spending the week raising awareness on what individuals and communities can do to help protect themselves against the threat of wildfires for California's Wildfire Preparedness Week

Sustainable Forest Experts on the Fight for Preservation

From Bloomberg | April 29, 2022

Ellen Jackowski, Chief Impact Officer & Head of Sustainable Impact, HP; Rita Hite, President & CEO, American Forest Foundation; and Tensie Whelan, Clinical Professor for Business and Society & Founder & Director, NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business, discuss the most effective strategies for saving the planet’s top natural carbon sink

'We train for this all year': Cal Fire crews put to the test in preparation for fire season

From KCRA, by Lysée Mitri | April 28, 2022

Cal Fire crews went through annual certification exercises on Wednesday to make sure they are ready as California approaches peak fire season.

Dixie Fire Collaborative pushes through Phase 0

From Plumas News, by Meg Upton | April 15, 2022

Last weekend business leaders and influential community members choosing to remain in Indian Valley met with SEROPTA consulting team to speak about their vision for Indian Valley going forward.

As Boulder County burns, a new focus on fire resilience

From boulder beat, by Shay Castle | April 29, 2022

After a string of fire activity in Boulder County with more on the way, methods such as mitigation and warning systems are becoming well practiced and an essential part of the community

Cal OES Reports Over 90% of Debris Removed from Properties Affected by 2021 Statewide Wildfires - Survivors Participating in State Program Inch Closer to Getting Back on Property

From Sierra Sun Times | May 1, 2022

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has announced that it has cleared eligible debris from more than 90 percent of properties statewide, which marks another milestone in helping Californians rebuild and recover after record-breaking wildfires

Rising Wildfire Insurance Costs in North Bay Likely to Impact State Commissioner Race

From CBS SF Bay Area, by Wilson Walker | April 29, 2022

With insurance rates rising to costs many cannot afford to pay, the crisis becomes a focus issue for Marc Levine's campaign for Insurance Commissioner