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 New York Times, by Candace Jackson | November 12, 2021
Homeowners in natural-disaster prone areas across the country find ways to design homes that can withstand multiple dangers, using some experimental technology that could be a glimpse into how future structures are built.
From ATTN: Google | November 10, 2021
Meet the team who helped create wildfire boundary maps — a mapping system that shows the approximate location of active wildfires in near real time on Google Search and Maps, helping affected communities get to safety during moments of critical need. Technological innovations like this have the potential to save millions of lives.
From The San Francisco Chronicle, by Kurtis Alexander | November 5, 2021
State officials warn that the upcoming winter season will not bring enough rain to meet water demands, leaving Lake Mendocino at high risk to run dry
From Lookout Santa Cruz by Julia Busiek | November 5, 2021
Redwood ecologist and environmental scientist describe how long it will take for redwoods to completely heal after the CZU fires, but that ninety percent of the trees are expected to recover.
From Capitol Public Radio by Julia Busiek | November 5, 2021
Chief Thom Porter who steered Cal Fire through record-setting wildfire seasons has announced he will retire at the end of the year. He served for 2 years, having been appointed by Governor Newsom in January 2019.
From ABC News by Julia Jacobo, JP Keenan, Janet Weinstein | November 13, 2021
Researchers studying a balance that can be made between allowing natural fires to burn and preventing the threatening of human life, sheep become the answer of a more efficient and cost-effective method than using machinery for fuel mitigation.
From My Cowichan Valley Now, by Ashley Roberts | November 13, 2021
Using a mix of over twenty native tree species in order to reduce the effects of climate change, British Columbia plants over one billion trees since 2018, including 301 million this year alone.
From Bay Nature by Meredith Dennis | November 10, 2021
Knowledge from experts in fire ecology and land managers combine to instruct how to more carefully recreate on burned lands, like doing checks on gear and tires, being prepared to navigate without trails, and looking out for burned stump holes.
From AP News by Kathleen Ronayne | November 9, 2021
Former Gov. Jerry Brown suggests urgent actions that must be taken to save California's forests from future wildfires, like processing harvested trees through the production of more biomass facilities and sawmills, and increasing spending on fire measures.
From KNAU, by Ryan Heinsius | November 12, 2021
A new program designed to instruct on fire management teaches how to suppress fires through prescribed burns.
From Salem Reporter, by Rachel Alexander, Ardeshir Tabrizian, Saphara Harrell | November 12, 2021
Updates regarding Oregon residents including a flood watch for Salem and nonprofits in Santiam Canyon and Mid-Willamette Valley receiving $1.3 million to help with housing and rebuilding a water reservoir.
From Statesman Journal, by Zach Urness| November 10, 2021
Fire investigator states that a number of last year's Labor Day fires in Oregon could have been avoided if not for a failure to maintain the vegetation near Pacific Power's powerlines and a lack of action before dire wind conditions.
From Keizer Times, November 14, 2021
World Renew will conduct community-wide surveys in Santiam Canyon to find disaster-related needs from residents and give assistance accordingly.
From The Malibu Times, by Judy Abell| November 12, 2021
Homeowners become frustrated after three years of being removed from their homes and continue to face a combination of insurance struggles, COVID dangers, and rising cost of materials, but opening of City Hall begins to move things along again.
From The Malibu Times, by Joy Martin November 13, 2021
Malibu resident and psychologist Dr. Noelle C. Nelson describes her experience with the Woolsey Fire in her new published book, sharing a positive outlook on the future despite the hardships she and her town endured
From Pique, by Carl Segerstrom | November 14, 2021
Towns in central Idaho were spared from massive destructive fires due to a forest-thinning project planned by the communities. Now, conflicting arguments shape what decisions will be made about future logging and prescribed burning.
From KCRA, by Brittany Johnson | November 9, 2021
The town of Paradise continues to struggle with rebuilding, receiving insurance, and wondering if it is easier to leave everything behind.
From Chico State Today, by Jacquelyn Chase, Peter Hansen | November 8, 2021
As Paradise communities approach the three-year anniversary of the Camp Fire, they are able to celebrate business, nonprofits, and local officials that have all remained committed to recovery
From Chico State Today, by Ashley Gebb | November 9, 2021
Chico State's new School of Social Work course will teach "Contemporary Issues in Social Work Practice and Research", where students will learn how trauma impacts behavior, and mediating effects of trauma through healing-centered research and practice.
From Char-Koosta News | November 12, 2021
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal ensures a historic down payment that will bolster climate resiliency by investing in water, wildfire, ecosystem, and tribal climate reilience and will also protect several communities within Indian Country.
Insurance Commissioner Lara Protects Additional California Wildfire Survivors from Insurance Non-Renewals
From Sierra Sun Times | November 10, 2021
Bulletin issued by Commissioner Lara to cover nearly 210,000 homes, bringing statewide moratorium total to more than 618,000 following 2021 wildfire disaster declarations.