Sept. 14 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. 

Greater Understanding of Wildfire Leads to Better Solutions

From The William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, by Jennee Kuang | September 8, 2021

This post offers ten suggested readings to get a better understanding of the issues surrounding wildfire.

To view above map, click to accept terms first. Interactive maps from CALFIRE show property damage status. The embedded map above is for the Dixie Fire. View the Caldor Fire map at this link.

Do you qualify for federal wildfire relief assistance? It depends on where you are from

From KCRA-3 by Stephanie Lin | September 9, 2021

For those who just experienced loss from a wildfire disaster, your relief resources are dependent on the type of disaster declaration for the fire that destroyed your property. Sometimes these declarations take time.

Dixie Fire Still on Pace to Become 'Gigafire'

From CBS Sacramento by Paiching Wei | Sept. 13, 2021

The Dixie Fire continues to grow, nearing 1 million acres burned, spreading across five counties over 60 days.

Out West, Biden points to wildfires to push for big rebuild

From The Associated Press International, By Alexandra Jaffe and Darlene Superville | September 13, 2021

President Biden toured wildfire zones in CA and touted his infrastructure plan to rebuild better and more resiliently, calling these fires 'Code Red' for our nation.

Returning Home After a Wildfire

From CALFIRE's Ready for Wildfire website

Coming home after a wildfire can be difficult. The damage is often unknown until the homeowner returns days or weeks later. Before returning home ALWAYS check with officials before attempting to return to your home.  This site offers important guidance for your safety.

Returning Home After Wildfire: Advice from CALFIRE

Wildfire Took These Families' Homes. Here's Why They Stay.

Interactive Feature From The New York Times Photographs by Rachel Bujalski  Article by Aidan Gardiner \ September 9, 2021

The Almeda Fire destroyed their homes in Oregon a year ago. This feature shows the diverse mix of people who still are drawn to this place called home, despite the challenges.

Santiam Canyon: From 'collective trauma' to 'positive change'

From KOIN by Travis Teich \ September 10, 2021

Community collaboration and innovative solutions for weathering a long and costly recovery ahead has kept the community of Santiam Canyon hopeful, even after experiencing severe trauma.

News Release from Governor Kate Brown, One Year After Oregon's Fires

NEWS RELEASE from The Office of Governor Kate Brown | Sept. 7, 2021

Official statement from Oregon Governor Kate Brown one year after the historic fires of Labor Day 2020.

The Almeda Fire: One Year Later

From Jefferson Public Radio by the JPR News Team | September 8, 2021

Reflecting on the year, where so much was lost, yet a community came together to help one another get through the worst.

Woolsey sparked passion for fire preparedness

From the Thousand Oaks Acorn, by Ian Bradley | August 19, 2021

How the experience of the Woolsey Fire motivated community members to organize for a local Fire Safe Councils

Worsening California blazes prompt new calls for innovations to fight fires smarter

From ABC News Article by Catherine Thorbecke, Video by Ginger Zee | September 9, 2021

"The technology for monitoring mapping and modeling wildfires is like a technological renaissance. What we have as a problem is under-utilization of all this investment in technology for fire management."

Close to Home: High-risk fire areas need broadband access

OPINION From The Press Democrat, By Scott Milller | September 10, 2021

Rural communities with no broadband need to be first priority in new infrastructure investments for internet access; its a matter of safety since these areas are often at the highest risk for wildfire.

Managing Family Forests Is Key to Managing Wildfire

From The Public Policy Institute of California

Key issues with managing private forest lands in the Sierra-Cascades region and what help is needed.

‘Firefighting without firefighters’: SRJC wildfire resiliency program aims to build key workforce

From The Press Democrat by Alana Minkler | Sept. 7, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College has launched a new Wildfire Resilience program with hands on training in wildfire prevention practices. The Wildfire Resilience Program is the first program of its kind among California’s 116 community colleges.

Tree planting efforts aren’t replacing burned U.S. forests — not even close

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Systems are overwhelmed and not able to keep up with replanting needs after wildfire in federal forests, even though replacing trees can fight erosion, help with watershed, and improve climate.

Life after Caldor: Experts say cultural, political change needed to stop Sierra megafires

From The Reno Gazette Journal by Amy Alonzo

This era of megafires call not just for large scale solutions in forest management, but for cultural and household action for home hardening and defensible space.

Here Are The Major Bills Passed By California Lawmakers In 2021

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Of special note: AB 9 would create a new state workforce to handle wildfire prevention responsibilities, including forest-thinning, prescribed burns and home-hardening.

Here’s how Upland and Rancho Cucamonga could gain influence over neighboring forest lands

How an effort to redraw congressional districts might help the communities in San Bernardino County share the responsibility of forest management problems including trail access, water management, wildfires, traffic and vandalism.

Budget Package Guarantees $1B In Fire Prevention Funding This Year, At Least $200M Annually Moving Forward

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After months of contentious negotiations, California lawmakers passed a budget guaranteeing one billion in fire prevention this year, with funds set aside for the next six years.