Written by Kara Karboski, Kirstin Taggart, & Ryan Anderson, Washington Resource Conservation & Development Council
Washington State is a land shaped by fire and water. Toward the Yakima Valley, the Naches and Yakima Rivers flow out of the Cascade Mountain’s forested slopes in central Washington State and into the Columbia River. The water that runs from the snow and forests of the Cascades has become a vital economic driver in modern times. The valley’s sun, soil, and irrigation supply, along with its hard working community, have created a hop industry that supplies approximately 70% of the nation’s hops.
By Hilary Lundgren, Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition
On a Saturday afternoon in late August, I was sitting on the porch editing the community After the Fire Resource Guide when my neighbor yelled, “What’s up with the flames over the road?” Within a few seconds, I received a call from a friend who just moved to town asking, “Do we need to be worried about smoke? What do we do? Is this normal?” After a quick call to the local fire district, it was clear that things were not looking good. A wildfire was threatening homes.
In August of 2015 the Goodell Creek Fire (ultimately the Skagit Complex) started with a lightning strike on North Cascades National Park land adjacent to the two Seattle City Light (SCL) company towns of Newhalem and Diablo where a series of hydroelectric dams generate about 20% of the City of Seattle’s electricity. The fire went from a slow smolder to an actively moving, highway and river jumping wildfire threatening the two towns and critical infrastructure. WAFAC Staff liaison Jennifer Coe interviews Cody Watson; Seattle City Light Fire Chief for Newhalem & Diablo to get an inside perspective on the details of dealing with the fire.
Written by Ryan Anderson, WA FAC LN Executive Director
White House Forum on Smart Finance for Disaster Resilience slideAt the end of July, 2016, I received an invitation to attend the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Forum on Smart Finance for Disaster Resilience. The meeting highlighted innovative ways that states, local communities, and the private sector are investing in disaster resilience.
Written by Alison Green, Project Wildfire
Editor’s note: The original version of this post was written for the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network and can be found at fireadaptednetwork.org
Building a sustainable cadre of stakeholders who can effectively and eagerly communicate messages about preparedness poses a constant challenge. For those working on becoming more fire adapted, having local capacity is vital to accomplishing work on the ground.
Written by Andrea Ely, Yakima County Fire Marshall’s Office
In June of 2015, I had the pleasure of meeting a homeowner in a most surprisingly inopportune way. Most of the homeowners I meet are through the usual fire prevention strategies: group mailings, door to door visits, or, as I prefer, personal introductions through neighbors. As many know in prevention education, finding those “spark plugs” in the community…
Written by Ashley Lara, 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 year’s wildfire season at the local fire department on a weekend (or really any day of the week). So what is a fire outreach professional to do?
By Linda Prado, Lincoln County Conservation District
My first day as an intern and I’m already hitting the ground running- literally, as my new boss, Val, and I make our way through town to get to the community garden. Ok, not literally. We’re actually just walking. While we’re strolling, Val tells me about the new renovations the Lincoln Conservation District is planning to make on the garden. She warns me how badly it needs a make-over, and I tell her I had an idea of what she meant. But what I had in mind was not nearly as exaggerated as it should’ve been.
Submitted by karakarboskion Wed, 06/15/2016 – 3:55pmConstructing a Fire Adapted Methow: Builders’ WorkshopWritten by Kirsten Cook, Okanogan Conservation DistrictThe heart of our communities is in our homes. The more fire-resistant those homes are, the more resilient we can be as individuals and as neighborhoods. The Methow Valley has a diverse housing stock, from mansions to […]
How a Homeowner Association Successfully Developed into a Fire Adapted Community: Ways to get H.O.A. members involved with community projects
Submitted by karakarboskion Wed, 06/08/2016 – 11:00pmHow a Homeowner Association Successfully Developed into a Fire Adapted Community: Ways to get H.O.A. members involved with community projectsWritten by Dan Holman, Flowery Trail Community AssociationA challenge for Homeowner Associations is getting membership involvement in projects that benefit all members. This was an issue for Flowery Trail Community […]