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Opportunities to Make a Difference

Option #1

Call on your representative to increase federal funding for wildfire risk mitigation.

Additional funding is essential to reducing the risk of extreme fires in the Western U.S.

Potential talking points

  • As Canada's record wildfire season shows, climate change is increasing the risk of severe wildfire
  • We need to take steps now to make our forests more resilient
  • The funding provided int he last couple years is a start, but more is needed
  • Please work to pass enough funding to treat all at risk Federal land

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Option #2

For areas at risk of wildfire, tell your local elected officials to

1) Increase housing density

2) Halt further development in the urban wildland interface

Climate change is increasing the risk of severe wildfire.

Continuing to allow more homes to be built in non-defensible areas is irresponsible and puts wildland firefighter lives at risk

Show Notes

This Weeks Reason for Hope

EU announced it will push fossil fuel phase out at upcoming UN climate conference (COP 28)

Oil producing countries like Saudi Arabia have opposed language in past

In addition to EU announcement, it appears likely Pope will attend this year’s conference, a first

The conference is set to kick off in Abu Dhabi the end of November


EU to push for COP28 deal on phasing out fossil fuels | Reuters

Pope Francis may attend global climate talks in Dubai | Reuters

Main Topic

Yurok, Karuk and Hoopa Tribes of Northern California have used fire as a tool for millennia

Oregon Department of Forestry was inundated with complaints when it released its first wildfire risk map in 2022

Western Red Cedar is dying off in high numbers and climate change is thought to be the cause

Roughly 3/4 of wildfires in Australia are started by humans


Indigenous Tribes Restore Prescribed Burns in California (

Swamped by public outcry, Oregon withdraws controversial wildfire risk map - OPB

New study sounds alarm, provides hope for Western red cedars – Oregon Capital Chronicle

Broadscale FRB FRR51final.PDF (

Other Resources

Learn how to make your home more resilient to wildfire NFPA - Firewise USA®

NFPA Journal - The Wildfire Crisis, November/December 2020

Rebuilding for a Resilient Recovery: Planning in California's Wildland Urban Interface | Next 10