Prescription Rx for our forests?

Prescription Rx for our forests?

Photo from WikiMedia Commons   Prescribed burns are nothing new. Native Americans incorporated controlled burns into their culture not just to reduce wildfire fuel, but also as a vital tool in their agriculture and industry. “Indigenous people have been...
Embers happen!

Embers happen!

  In 2020, a series of wildfires burned in Napa county CA. My mom lived just 25 miles away. She was worried.  She had heard that embers can blow miles downwind from a fire and burn down houses. Was she right to be worried? Short answer: No. The Napa fires never...
It ain’t over till it’s over

It ain’t over till it’s over

  Just because the fire is gone, doesn’t mean the crisis is over. There is much to do after a fire has swept through your neighborhood.  Returning home Here are some key safety steps Calfire urges you to take when returning home after being evacuated: First of...
The 5 phases of disaster management

The 5 phases of disaster management

  Disaster management, one aspect of emergency management, provides a framework for understanding disasters and how we handle them. There is some debate about the specifics, but the model we have found most useful defines 5 steps: Prevention – We can take...
Do not hesitate, evacuate early!

Do not hesitate, evacuate early!

“With the fires, my job was to leave.” So says Barbara, who had to evacuate in the face of the Santa Cruz fires. Outside of the very real trauma of potentially losing her home, she found that evacuation was “smooth and easy.”  No traffic. No rushing. And no anxiety of...