Ember Showers

How can something so tiny cause so much destruction? An ember by itself seems so innocent – one tiny glowing speck. But make no mistake, embers or “firebrands” can ignite your home as easily as direct flame contact. Embers are usually pieces of twigs or branches that have caught fire. Think of a campfire – […]

A Look Back: Fourmile Canyon Fire

What I remember most was the wind. The howling, gusting, torrential winds coming off the mountains that day. Having just moved into our Nederland home six weeks prior, we spent the Labor Day holiday putting up a small shed. As my husband stood on the ladder, the winds spun the tin roofing material out of […]

Social Distancing for Trees?

“But I moved to the mountain to live in the woods. If I do fire mitigation, I won’t have any trees left. I love the trees!” It’s a common refrain I hear from people when the subject of fire mitigation comes up. Sometimes, I feel like the anti-Lorax. You know, the Dr. Seuss book, The […]

The First Five Feet

Piles of ashes surrounded by green trees. These are the enduring images I take away from photos of recent wildfires like the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. As a mountain resident, it’s hard to wrap my brain around these photos. How is it possible for a house to burn down when the trees around it […]