November 9 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. 

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Source: CalFire. Notes: All megafires shown here are from 1932 onward, when reliable records begin, according to CalFire. For 2021 fires, data as of Nov. 2, 2021.

More ‘Megafires' Burning California Now Than Ever Before

From NBC Bay Area, by Candice Nguyen, Jeremy Carroll and Kevin Nious | November 5, 2021

Analysis of wildfire data shows that more megafires have occurred in California in the last twenty years than the previous 100, growing more frequent and destructive than ever.

PG&E says Dixie Fire will cost $1.15 billion – and is being probed by federal officials

From The Sacramento Bee, by Dale Kasler | November 3, 2021

The Dixie Fire is now just one more in a long list of fires for which PG&E is either under investigation or held financially liable for by officials, amounting to billions.

A Campfire Commemorative Event for Survivors was Held Today at the Skyway Antique Mall in Paradise

From Action News Now, by Ryan Ketcham | November 6, 2021

At the third anniversary of the Camp Fire's deadly destruction in Paradise, survivors organized an community event to share free resources, provide counseling, provide a place for people to share artwork and messages of hope as a way to mark this significant day.

Malibu’s ‘community brigades’: A new model for fighting wildfires?

From C+KCRQ, by Adriana Cargill | November 8, 2021

Inspired by the work of ad hoc volunteers during the Woolsey Fire, a new approach using volunteer firefighting brigades is taking shape in Southern CA in collaboration with the LA Fire Department.

FEMA-CalOES Visits Greenville; Deadline to Register is Nov. 8

From Plumas News, by Ken Donnell | November 5, 2021

FEMA and CalOES arrive in Greenville to help local residents impacted by the Dixie Fire by assisting with FEMA registration and provide information about post-fire recovery, fire safe reconstruction, and increased risks of flooding in specific areas.

Oregon to Receive More Than $422 Million for Long-Term Disaster Relief

From KGW8, by Christine Pitawanich | November 3, 2021

Much of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's allocation of more than $422 million will go towards helping low- to moderate-income families find housing in Oregon's long term disaster relief.

AI-Driven Tech a 'Game-Changer' for Wildfire Recovery

From Government Technology, by Jed Pressgrove | November 3, 2021

Public Safety teams in Oregon and California test new artificial intelligence that take images with a 360-degree camera that can be computed into mapping data that will show the extent of wildfire damage.

One of America’s Toughest CEO Jobs: Fixing PG&E

From The Wall Street Journal, by Katherine Blunt | November 5, 2021

Chief executive of PG&E Corp, Patti Poppe, devises multibillion-dollar plan to bury the utility’s 10,000 miles of fire-prone power lines

Semtech’s LoRa® Devices and the LoRaWAN® Standard Boost Urban Forest Management

From Business Wire | November 4, 2021

ICT International uses a range of LoRaWAN devices in order to measure plant and environmental parameters through monitoring the health of urban forests in real time.

Increasingly Frequent Wildfires Linked to Human-Caused Climate Change

From Science Daily | November 5, 2021

A study from scientists at UCLA and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory suggests that climate change is the main cause linked to the rapidly growing and spreading wildfires in the western U.S.

As UN Tackles Twin Climate Threats, California Struggles With Them Too

From CAL Matters, by Rachel Becker and Julie Cart | November 5, 2021

California struggles to deal with two enduring factors of climate threats: methane and widespread destruction of forests.

Will the COP26 Global Deforestation Pledge Save Forests?

From National Geographic by Kieran Mulvaney | November 4, 2021

Despite the multinational commitment to end deforestation by 2030, the lack of concrete action leads some to believe it is another empty promise.

COP26 Deforestation Pledges a Win, But Only if They Are Upheld

From Forests News by Julie Mollins | November 5, 2021

A pledge made by more than 130 countries promises the halt and reverse of deforestation and land degradation by the end of the decade, but many from forestry programs urge that actions rather than words will show improvement.

Water is Life

From The Nature Conservancy | October 20, 2021

Water resources are in jeopardy in California. Water supply is critically low and ecosystems are suffering. Human engineered systems have not been built for sustainability. To adapt, collaboration and long range strategy will be essential to recharge ground water, restore wetlands and ensure river health.

Colorado Forests May Never be the Same After Historic 2020 Wildfires

From News 9, by Jon Glasgow | November 5, 2021

As researchers study the trends of drier weather, there is fear that Colorado's forests are burning at faster and hotter rates and the ecosystem for pine and fir will never recover.

The Work Doesn't Stop

From Mail Tribune, by Allayana Darrow | November 8, 2021

Lomakatsi and a coalition of groups who transitioned recently from fire fighting to forest management in the Rogue Valley, taking care to both manage fuels and support forest health and ecological balance.

Healthy Forests Require Prescribed Burns and Year-Around Management

From The Seattle Times, by Kim Schrier | November 5, 2021

As this fire season comes to an end, strategies in forest management and prescribed burns must be formed during the offseason to reduce future destruction of megafires.

Judge Halts Post-Fire Roadside Logging on Oregon's Willamette National Forest

From OPB, by Bradley W. Parks | November 5, 2021

A U.S. Forest Service plan to log along more than 400 miles of roads within national forest was put to a stop after it was decided the project will have a negative impact on the environment.

U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla, Colleagues Introduce Bills to Reform Federal Wildfire Disaster Response

From Sierra Sun Times | November 5, 2021

Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla introduced two new bills that redesign the federal governments response to wildfires by ensuring FEMA's disaster preparedness and response efforts address unique nature of wildfires and their impact, and ensure they fully address the needs of underserved communities.

Merkley, Wyden Announce $422 Million in Federal Funds to Help Wildfire-Hit Communities

From KTVZ | November 3, 2021

Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announce that $422 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will go to the state of Oregon to assist those experiencing housing instability.