Issue #79 – August News Cohesive Strategy West

Fire doesn’t benefit everything certainly, but in a large landscape, without having periodic fires in most of our ecosystems, we lose what is wild and natural.”  
~ Penny Morgan, Professor of Fire and Forest Ecology, University of Idaho ~

The Benefits of Hard Decisions: Applying Lessons from Wilderness Fire

This video is intended to spark discussion about managing fire for resource benefit on public lands: including reasons behind using this management approach; factors that influence the ability to do so; resources and steps that support fire for resource benefit; considerations to keep in mind; and other wisdom from experts. It’s not intended to provide solutions to every issue, but to catalyze conversation.

Living With Fire in Northwestern California

Check out the 3rd edition of this comprehensive multiagency document, meant as always, to wake up and inform the public.

“Wildfire is the great consumer and is a living entity. It breathes, it eats, it sleeps, it produces waste, and it has an equal-opportunity appetite. Wildfire draws no distinction between, nor has any preference for brush, trees, houses, firefighters, or any other fuel type.”
~ Rod Mendes, Hoopa Fire Chief ~

Covid Update To The Wildfire Smoke Guide

Some very simple messaging approved by the agencies involved in developing the guide (EPA, CDC, USFS, NIOSH, ARB, and OEHHA) geared toward public health officials, not the general public. As part of the Western Region’s focus on Smoke Ready Communities, this guide will be helpful as you work with your partners to prepare your communities.

Fact Sheet: Implications of Managing for Resilience in Southwestern National Forests

Despite the focus on resilience, there is little direction on how to measure and manage for it. To meet land management objectives, the use of resilience is dependent upon clear definitions, standards, and metrics.

In this study, researchers conducted interviews with Forest Service managers and planners revising forest plans in the Southwestern Region (Region 3) to examine how resilience is interpreted and operationalized as an agency strategy. The findings reveal key considerations for using resilience as a management objective.

The Wildfire SAFE App: Delivering Real-Time Data to Improve Wildfire Management

No longer a prototype, Wildfire SAFE is now available for the entire continental United States.

Grab the app available through Technosylva.
Supporting documentation and webinar available at RMRS.

“Fire managers are really excited about it because…the app is a great integrator. Instead of having to go to five different websites or datasets to get information about a new start they can get it right in front of them.”
~ Matt Jolly, Team Lead, RMRS Fire Lab ~

The 2nd Installment of the FAC Firehawk Series: What can you make possible?

In this blog post, Will Harling illustrates what can *be* if we stop focusing on what we *think* we cannot do and when we *think* we cannot do it.

“By listening not to the barriers that we have constructed for ourselves, but instead to the land itself, we can change our future with fire. Relationships, forged over time, made this story possible. Traditional ecological knowledge, with practitioners willing to listen to their places, made this story possible.”