Sept. 21 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. 

The CALFIRE report for September 20, 2021

California's megafires spur insurers to send in special, private crews before a blaze hits

From San Francisco Chronicle, By Gregory Thomas | September 21, 2021

A growing sector of private companies have been deployed as 'pre-incident crews' by insurance companies to put in extra emergency actions to prevent structure loss in megafires, especially addressing fires that are sparked by embercast.

These maps show where prescribed burns helped curb the Caldor Fire’s rapid growth

From San Francisco Chronicle by Yoohuyn Jung and Paula Friedrich | Sept. 17, 2021

This collection of maps show how pre-fire mitigation efforts of prescribed burns and vegetation removal reduced the risk of hotter larger fires in the Caldor Fire's footprint.

California Fires: General Sherman and Other Sequoias Given Blankets

From BBC News | September 17, 2021

Firefighters use new tactic of fire-resistant blankets wrapped around bases of sequoia trees, including the largest living single-stem tree, as fire in Sequoia National Park continues

With Help from Fannie Mae, Paradise CA Rebuilds Over 1,000 Homes

From the Federal National Mortgage Association \ September 7, 2021

Fannie Mae, in partnership with Rebuild Paradise Foundation and the innovative approaches to rebuilding developed by Charles Brooks, now marks the accomplishment of 1,000 rebuilt homes three years after the Camp Fire of 2018.

Detroit's Wildfire Recovery a Slow, Painful and Expensive Process

Central Oregon Daily News, by Steve Kaufmann \ September 16, 2021

Update on the town of Detroit, Oregon a year after the 2020 fire season and the long-term recovery process, including economic recovery, housing, and water supply.

Rebuild of Commercial Businesses Outpaces Homes After Labor Day Fires

From News 10, by Ambar Rodriguez | Sept. 16, 2021

A new Wildfire Victim Resiliency Permit Center in Jackson County, OR opens to aid in recovery process for residents after Almeda and South Obenchain fire, who are recovering at a slower pace than commercial rebuilds destroyed in the 2020 wildfires.

Cal Poly Project Leverages Artificial Intelligence Deep Learning to Aid Wildfire Recovery

From Atascadero News | September 16, 2021

Cal Poly staff and students use artificial intelligence to efficiently assess wildfire damage and improve response time for emergency and recovery efforts.

Mycoremediation brings the fungi to waste disposal and ecosystem restoration

From Mongabay by Carly Nairn | September 18, 2021

Research continues looking at the broad ways fungi can possibly regenerate soils and keep moisture in the ground, which are necessities for creating wildfire-adapted lands.

The Unconventional Weapon Against Future Wildfires: Goats

From The New York Times, by Coral Murphy Marcos

Goat herder Lani Malmberg uses her herd of 200 goats to clear the vegetation that could lead to future wildfires.

In California, Worsening Fires Show Limits of Biden's Power

From The New York Times, by Christopher Flavelle and Zolan Kanno-Youngs

Experts explain why the federal government is limited in its ability to reduce the scale of California wildfires and how state and local governments hold the greater power in aiding against fire destruction.

For Successful Wildfire Prevention, Look to the Southeast

From NPR, by Lauren Sommer, Rebecca Ramirez | Sept. 9, 2021

A climate correspondent describes how controlled fires and other tactics in Southeastern U.S. can inform wildfire prevention in the Western states.

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

From Reuters, by

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.

To keep forests sustainable, education for women is key

From The University of Georgia, by Kristen Morales

Research at University of Georgia uncovers a need for forest management training specifically for women landowners since this role was traditionally passed down from father to son, leaving women out of that generational knowledge and social support networks in this domain.

Biden invokes Defense Production Act for second time to address fire hose shor

President Biden uses Defense Production Act in an effort to create 22,000 fire hoses to be used to battle the intense wildfire season after shortage of hoses at the beginning of this season.