Bill Gabbert with Wildfire Today, posted a blog yesterday about an interview earlier this week (June 4), where NPR’s Talk of the Nation host Ari Shapiro interviewed Susie Cagle, a staff writer and illustrator for Grist (Grist is an online magazine that publishes environmental news and commentary), about living in CA wildfire country. Cagle recently wrote, “Living with fire: Survival and stubbornness in CA wildfire country,” which talks about growing up in Santa Barbara and watching wildfires in the hills near her home.
She wrote the article while watching this week’s Powerhouse fire move through California’s Los Padres National Forest and shares the experience her family had years ago when their family home was lost during a 1977 wildfire; and their encounters since that time with multiple wildfires. She believes there’s no longer a single fire season in the area she grew up in – it’s now year round with a high fire season in the mix. Some residents in the area next to the rebuilt home where her dad and brother still live, find reassurance in an active local fire department that promotes community-based preventative measures and regularly talks to homeowners about what they should do to reduce the risk.
During the interview Shapiro takes calls from listeners sharing their stories about living in wildfire prone areas. One of those callers was Dave from Coal Creek Canyon between Golden and Boulder, CO, who shares his communities Saws and Slaws concept of wildfire mitigation, which Gabbert calls a model that would work in other communities. Read more about the Saws and Slaws community based concept in our March 13 blog.
Does your community use a unique and innovative community based concept to create interest and involvement in wildfire mitigation? If so, contact a Fire Break blogger. We’re interested in sharing your successes.