Issue #68 – November News: Getting over differences in NorCal, proactive utilities, firefighter family prep, and more…

Issue #68 – November News: Getting over differences in NorCal, proactive utilities, firefighter family prep, and more…

NorCal Watershed Announces Unprecedented Effort to Combat Wildfire Risk

A year after the devastating Camp Fire, a diverse group of land, water, and environmental managers who have not always seen eye to eye announced a commitment to work together to immediately execute a plan to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the North Yuba watershed in northern California.

The announcement includes a Memorandum of Understanding for nine different agencies, groups and organizations to thin and restore 275,000 acres of forest on a pace and scale that will prioritize community safety, forest health and resilience.

View the news story from KCRA


Drone Surveys Part of Proactive Plan by Hawaii Utilities

Resilience initiatives include: 

Installing heavier, insulated conductors on Maui and Oʻahu to stop lines from slapping and sparking in areas prone to high winds, and identifying more locations where it makes sense to install these conductors.

Installing smart switches and smart fuses to minimize sparks created when lines come into contact with each other, and with vegetation.

Applying fire retardants on poles identified in fire hazard areas. Last month, Hawaiian Electric tested several different fire retardants on wooden poles in a controlled burn to determine which products will best protect the companies’ infrastructure.

Looking into using weather sensors, cameras, and thermal imagers to give more precise locations on localized wind gusts, relative humidity, and temperatures
View the video from MauiNow

Beetle-killed forest lining Wolf Creek Pass near Durango, CO.
Jerry McBride / Durango Herald

Groundbreaking Forest Health Program May Come to Southwest Colorado

The idea is to work across all boundaries – federal, state and private lands…I think we can get a lot of really good work done, and in the process, build better relationships across the landscape,” ~ Kara Chadwick, San Juan National Forest Supervisor

In a region already known for its collaborative efforts, Southwest Colorado is being considered for a pilot program to improve forest health would allow the SJNF to make critical improvements in specific areas rather than spreading resources more broadly across the entire forest.

Durango Herald Story

What is Capacity and How Do You Actually Build It?

A great read to give us all a clearer understanding of this word most of us use every week.

“Even within a local collaborative group, we have lots of ideas about what we need and how to build it. By building a framework for how we interpret capacity, we can communicate more clearly, partner more effectively and align our funding to better meet our forest management and fire-adapted community goals.”
Forest Schafer ~ California Tahoe Conservancy

Read the FAC blog post


A Preparedness Guide for Firefighters and their Families

This draft publication from NWCG is intended to provide you – the firefighter – with helpful information to bridge the gap between “all is well” and managing the unexpected. It will help you and your family prepare for and respond to a realm of planned and unplanned situations in the world of wildland firefighting. The content is designed to help make informed decisions throughout a firefighting career.

You’re invited to provide input to the development of this publication via the link in the document.

Upcoming Events

November 18-22, 2019 Cultivating Pyrodiversity: The 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress,Tucson, AZ.

December 3-4, 2019 Wyoming Prescribed Fire Council Meeting Cody, WY.

December 13, 2019 Prescribed Fire on Private Lands Workshop Forest Ranch, CA.

December 17-18 2019 Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Annual Workshop Albuquerque, MN.

April 9, 2020 Pacific Northwest Forest Collaborative Workshop  Hood River, OR.

April 6-8, 2020 After The Flames: Conference and Workshop Tahoe City, CA.

April 15-16, 2020 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference Grand Junction, CO.