Tuesday, December 29, 2015

"My Favorite Fall Color is Fire"

Prescribed fire under oak trees.  Photo: Lenya Quinn-Davidson
In this poignant recap of the 2015 fire season and the opportunities it provided, Lenya Quinn-Davidson reminds us of the "intimate and inevitable relationship between our local landscape and fire."  In her article for the FAC Net Blog, she shares her thoughts about the intense and distracting fire season in northern California that provided opportunity for a focus on their long-term vision for the region.  She highlights the Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) events and notes the ironic yet necessary situation when "wildfires burned and smoke filled the air, local community leaders were laying the groundwork for three separate TREX events, preparing burn units, fostering relationships with local fire personnel, securing permits, lining up facilities and food and ensuring that the wildfires didn’t preclude the critical use of prescribed fire in the fall."  

These efforts paid off, and at the end of September—while some wildfires were still active in the region—the Klamath TREX kicked off what would total five weeks of successful burning and learning across the three events. 

Read the full article here.  And more about TREX and the Fire Learning Network here.  


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