New study suggests five positive steps toward addressing our “wicked” wildfire problem



The steps this article suggests sound an awful lot like the objectives Shoshone County’s commissioners have been attempting to achieve of late via re-addressing and re-thinking our county’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).  The existing CWPP was published in 2011, five years ago.  As this morning’s article suggests, the job of protecting and — if bad scenarios happen to come this way — preparing our communities with respect to catastrophic wildfire has become too large and too complex for our existing institutions. The “new normal” in the American West’s wildfire threat is forcing — however reluctantly — forest and wildfire specialists to come up with actions and ideas that are up to the new challenges.  This article, by Brian Walker, published in both the Coeur d’Alene Press and the Shoshone News-Press on Feb. 4th, signals that a wider shake-up in forest and wildfire ideas and plans is in process.  The question is:  Will it bear fruit fast enough?

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