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 Guardian, By Gabrielle Canyon and Rashida Kamal | October 8, 2021
From SF Gate by Amy Graff | October 11, 2021
California Wildfire May Have Killed Hundreds of Giant Sequoias, Burning Through Earth's Largest Grove
From USA Today, By Joshua Yeager | October 8, 2021
From The LA Times, by Gregory Yee, and Lila Seidman| October 12, 2021
High winds and dry conditions are factors that are rapidly increased a brush fire in Santa Barbara County to more than 6000 acres (The Alisal Fire).
From The New York Times, by Brent McDonald, Sashwa Burrous, Eden Weingart and Meg Felling | October 11, 2021
This story in pictures unfolds the story of the effort to fight the Dixie fire, relating the immense size and scale of both the fire and the effort to stop it.
From The Guardian, by Dani Anguiano | October 12, 2021
The cause of wildfire requires time to verify, but in the meantime wild and unsubstantiated claims and conspiracy theories fly on social media.
From PBS NewsHour by Cat Wise \ October 11, 2021
A look at the first steps to recovery in Greenville after the Dixie Fire.
From CBS Los Angeles by Katie Johnston \ October 5, 2021
Actress Shannen Doherty is to receive $6.3M from State Farm after jury decides they did not fully pay to cover damages on her home and caused further emotional distress.
From Eminetra \ October 6, 2021
The Town of Detroit, OR is still deep in recovery after the Bull Complex Fire, including housing reconstruction and restructuring the town's drinking water system after reservoirs were rendered unusable by the wildfire.
From Record Searchlight by Leimone Waite \ October 8, 2021
How to look for signs to see if an oak tree is dead after a wildfire, including examining the depth of damage to the roots, thickness of bark, and damage to the canopy.
OPINION From CalMatters by Dana Hessheimer | October 6, 2021
National Guard dual-status commander for Camp Fire reflects on new methods needed in order to fight future wildfires, including aerial firefighting systems that can drop gallons of water and retardant and help provide cover for ground crews.
Housing Arrangement and Vegetation Factors Associated with Single-Family Home Survival in the 2018 Camp Fire, California
From Fire Ecology, by Knapp, E.E., Valachovic, Y.S., Quarles, S.L. et al | October 10, 2021
A research report, drawing on research from recent California wildfires including the Camp Fire in Butte County, on how home survival can be influenced by distance from neighboring burning homes and surrounding vegetation, and date of build taking those code requirements in place at the time to determine which homes are at higher risk than others.
From Spokane Public Radio, by Doug Nadvornick | October 6, 2021
WA lands commissioner Hilary Franz compares experiences from the 2020 wildfire season to hardships during the 2021 season, and what methods they plan on employing from now on in an effort to slow down the fires, like attacking fires as early as possible, and fighting fires from the skies.
California Needs to Rethink Water, Fire to Mitigate Climate Risks, Say Experts at McGuire's Climate Town Hall
From The Mendocino Voice, by Sonia Waraich | October 11, 2021
Climate scientists at town hall meeting hosted by Mike McGuire describe how water systems in California are designed for a different climate and how things like prescribed burns and vegetation treatment.
From The Sierra Sun Times, by Pamela Kan-Rice | October 10, 2021
Research during the aftermath of the 2018 Camp Fire could lead to new information on home arrangements and vegetation distances that may help future home designs from being susceptible to wildfire.
From The San Francisco Chronicle, by Orion Donovan-Smith | October 9, 2021
As the Biden administration pledges to restore and protect monuments, opposing groups argue that more active control and efforts need to take place in order to prevent catastrophes such as wildfires in the future.
From Bloomberg Green, by Brian K. Sullivan and Mark Chediak | October 8, 2021
Dry winds coming in from the east paired with historic drought sets the region at even higher risk during the upcoming dangerous part of the fire season: companies such as PG&E prepare against the approaching risks.