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Terra Fuego Resource Foundation Inc. 1100 Fortress St., Suite 2 Chico, CA 95973 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2017

Fuels Reduction and Community Capacity: Leveraging a Collaborative Model for Extended Impact WEITCHPEC, Calif. – A recent prescribed burn to limit fuels along Highway 169 in Humboldt county provides community protection and builds the ability for local residents to do more prevention work. Terra Fuego, working with the Cultural Fire Management Council (CFMC), a nonprofit of the Yurok tribe, burned 86.5 acres through support from the State Response Area Fire Prevention Fund (SRA-FPF), a grant opportunity sponsored by Cal Fire. The prescribed burn was the result of extensive planning and collaboration, and it included a Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) sponsored by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Where a prescribed fire consumes fuels that could otherwise drive a wildfire in the peak of season, it is also an event where land managers from the USFS, college students, cultural members, and other restoration groups gain experience working with fire and apply it to a nationally recognized training program. This burn, using TREX participants from fire practitioners in California, Oregon and Washington, and cultural members from the Yurok CFMC, was an intense, week-long event on a complex project. “It’s amazing to see all of these different resources coming together and really getting to work,” said Larry Medrano, a U.S. Forest Service employee from Santa Clara. “I mean, there’s people from the local college, national training organizations, Cal Fire, and literally - from just down the road, and we’re getting some professional level burning accomplished.” The prescribed burn operating as a training event achieves results in Cultural Restoration, Community Capacity, and Fire Prevention: Cultural Restoration: 

Hazel for weaving improved by burning decadent growth Tanoak acorn harvest improved by reducing pests Traditional practices of burning applied to ancestral land Increased involvement by local residents for engaging with prescribed fire


Terra Fuego Resource Foundation Inc. 1100 Fortress St., Suite 2 Chico, CA 95973 professionally and privately Community Capacity:   

Increased national qualifications to conduct prescribed burn operations Improved coordination with Cal Fire unit to plan and implement burns Normalizing planned, permitted burns for residents

Fire Prevention:     

Protection of immediate and adjacent homes from wildfire Reduction in fuels along high-traffic mountain route Reduction in fuel continuity and arrangement to prevent large fire growth Improved suppression resource safety near homes adjacent to project Large fire-break created to limit wildfire growth throughout canyon

The 26 participants in the training stayed on the Yurok Reservation for an entire week of burning. The group worked on two different burn units totaling 89 acres and gained specific skills in drip-torch use, ignitions operations, engine operations, pump operations, map reading and orienteering, and the ongoing practice of interagency and inter-organizational cooperation. These participants are among a growing group of fire workers who become leaders in demonstrating how the fire organizations within the great state of California increase the pace and scale of fire prevention and land restoration efforts by combining efforts. Terra Fuego Resource Foundation is a 501c(3) public benefit nonprofit organization. We have been working with federal, state, tribal and private entities to treat and restore forests since 2011. Our leadership has over 75 years of experience in prescribed burning, fuels management, and community engagement, and we are currently expanding that experience throughout the U.S. For more information, find us on the web at www.terrafuego.org, email at info@terrafuego.org, or call us at 530.899.8399.

For more information or media requests: Stephen Graydon, Executive Director stephen@terrafuego.org

2017 Fall TREX  

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2017 Fall TREX  

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