West Fork Fire Tour- June 19 & 20, 2015

Written by: Bill Trimarco, Archuleta County Coordinator, FireWise of Southwest Colorado The summer of 2013 was a memorable time in southwest Colorado. In early June, a lightning strike in the San Juan National Forest began a series of fires that crossed the Continental Divide and grew to burn over 100,000 acres. The West Fork Fire Complex moved into the Rio Grande National Forest and threatened two towns and the headwaters and reservoirs of the Rio Grande River. Fortunately, no lives were lost and only one small pump house was destroyed. The fire took place in a high-elevation spruce-fir forest that had suffered significant … Continue reading

Funding for Watershed Resiliency in Ashland

Steve Parks, Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator for the City of Ashland / Ashland Fire & Rescue, shared a press release with FAC Net members about the Ashland City Council’s vote to enact a fixed monthly charge to help pay for the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project. Water meter surcharges are one way communities are funding important restoration and mitigation projects to protect water supplies from the impacts of fire in their municipal watersheds. For more information on watersheds and living with fire, see the FAC Net quick guides on watershed management; specifically part 4 which highlights some of the funding mechanisms … Continue reading

Washington FAC Network Press Release

  Written By: Ryan Anderson, WA FAC Executive Coordinator The Washington FAC Learning Network is taking the national FAC Learning Network model to the state scale. Read the full press release below: “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington Communities Connect Ahead of a Dry Summer ‘We endeavored to find communities that were diverse, ready to share successes and failures, and eager to work hard within their own community,’ explained Ryan Anderson, Director of the Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. The flagship seven communities include: Seattle City Light-Skagit Hydroelectric Project, Flowery Trails Homeowner Association, Hidden Valley/Swauk, Okanogan County Conservation District, San … Continue reading

Evacuation Drill Serves as “Hook” for FAC Outreach

Effective storytelling can motivate and engage your audience in ways that facts and figures can’t. Earlier this year, Michelle Medley-Daniel provided tips for telling stories with photographs, and Emily Troisi shared resources for creating organizational narratives and reaching new audiences. On May 30, to kick off Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Month, the FAC Net member organization hosted a large-scale evacuation drill, which was written about in Bloomberg Business. The author of the article writes about the drill, and weaves in a compelling introduction and interesting characters to tell a story about the wildfire problem in the West. Check out the story … Continue reading

Baker County FAC Effort Welcomes New Partner

Prescribed burn for fuel reduction that was conducted a few months earlier in a pine plantation on South Prong Plantation. Photo Credit: Joel Addington Baker County Press

Written By: Ronda Sutphen, Wildfire Prevention/MitigationCoordinator, Florida Forest Service Doug Moore, a retired dairy farmer from Jacksonville, Florida, is helping to spread the message about reducing wildfire risk through good land management practices. Mr. Moore owns the 2,400-acre South Prong Plantation, which he actively manages for hunting and timber production. As a Florida certified burner, he uses prescribed fire to reduce wildfire risk while actively managing his property for timber production and wildlife. South Prong Plantation provides for recreational hunting of white tailed deer, turkey and wild hogs. Many of the people who participate in these hunts are from urban areas and may … Continue reading

Making an Impact Through Hands-On Learning

Firewise vegetation, including water-wise and native plants, were selected for the school.

Written By: Ashley Lara, Fire & Life Safety Specialist at Jackson County Fire District 3 Okay, let’s get real. In today’s society, how am I supposed to gain any amount attention from children on the topic of wildfire? Where is the time–when you already have a full day jam packed with Grand Theft Auto, MTV and texting Jonny, the cutest boy in school? To add to the challenge, most parents work full-time and are completely maxed out. Who can blame them? I can think of five excuses right now that would prevent me from attending a two-hour presentation on this … Continue reading

How Has Your Understanding of FAC Evolved?

Do you find it easy to talk about Fire Adapted Communities to a public audience? A few of us were recently put to the test during a one-hour local television recording in Aspen, Colorado. Pam Wilson (Executive Director, FireWise Council of Southwest Colorado, Courtney Peterson (Wildfire Mitigation Education Coordinator, Colorado State Forest Service), Bill Kight (Public Information and Public Affairs Officer, White River National Forest, USDA Forest Service) Ron Biggers (Deputy Fire Marshal, Glenwood Springs Fire Department) and I met at the GrassRoots Community Network TV station to discuss “Wildfire Preparedness: Creating Fire Adapted Communities.” I participated in a similar … Continue reading

FAC Learning Network/Fire Learning Network Annual Workshop

Overlooking Santa Fe at the end of our Learning Exchange!

Greetings from the FAC Learning Network/Fire Learning Network Annual Workshop! We are happy to be in Santa Fe for the week, learning from the local community partners about the FAC efforts here. Today was our kick off day, and we enjoyed a tour of the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed. We heard from a variety of organizations about the multitude of ways collaboration has enhanced living with fire in the Santa Fe watershed.  We had interesting discussions with presenters from the Santa Fe Watershed Association, The US Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and more! Thank you to our local hosts who put a lot … Continue reading