Learning to Burn Again

Scott Harding ignites ground fuels with a drip torch at Pearch Creek in Orleans. Agencies, tribes and non-profits sponsored the exercise to build fuels reduction skills in the region. Earlier, Harding was part of a crew that burned the part of his own property that had not burned in last summer’s Butler Fire. Photo by Stormy Staats, Klamath-Salmon Media Collaborative. The burn plans were signed and all the permits finally granted. The crews, packing tools and wearing fire gear, gathered along Gold Dredge Road in Orleans. Firelines were in place. Then they waited, ironically, for the morning dew to dry. Read More →

Orleans Meeting Kick Starts Information Trove that Could Aid Prescribed Burning

A small crowd of property owners, community organizers and firefighters gathered in Orleans last week to help, on a local level at least, to struggle against the burgeoning odds in favor of more giant wildfires. Read More →

Traditional Burn Plans For Acorns and Basket Materials Foiled by Bureaucratic Road Blocks

This fall was not the year for restoration of traditional Karuk cultural burning. It was also not the year for local Forest Service fire managers who see increased prescribed burning as one answer to the puzzle of worse outbreaks of wildfire nearly every summer. Read More →