Wildfire Prevention

For thousands of years, Native (American) tribal people coordinated together in order to *prevent wildfires & simultaneously have their needs met*; these techniques are simple, & are used to prepare sheltersfirepitsAND to prepare for harvesting acorns in a way which prevents wildfires AND replenishes topsoil!

work-smart-not-hard    Thank you LiveSmartnotHard.com for this great graphic to help prove a point.

    Today- these techniques are no less vital than they have been for the past 10,000 years, & frankly- as a species- we NEED to begin implementing them once again throughout wildlands for the health of ecosystemsthe protection of our homes, AND to survive

Lion King Quote    Thank you dearly MediaWebApps.com for the above graphic- AND reminder!

   Prevent wildfires AND produce a healthy, drought-resilient food supply?!?!?  We like to call it:

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     This webpage may be used to coordinate with forest officials by simply directing them to this webpage when filing for a Special Use Permit, & indicating that Traditional Encampment Preparation & Wildfire Prevention Techniques as described on the WildLivingSkills.org will be used” wherever you plan to set up camp.  These techniques are described just below.

    Before continuing, however, here is a fantastic & very interesting video about the origin of Smokey Bear:

Encampment Preparation & Wildfire Prevention Techniques

     When choosing “a place to set up camp”, there are certain things to look for.  Ideally, it is best to set up where there is:

  •  more than one ecosystem merging together.
  • flowing water- contact the local water district to find out what kind of contaminants are in the water so that you will know how to remove them.
  • a diversity of trees including plenty of Oaks.
  • a very flat clearing to build a structure that is *not* on the lowest part of the ground (to avoid flooding) & is also safe from potential landslides or falling rocks.
  • several rocks of different sizes that are small enough to lift & bigger than pebbles.

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  Next, it is time to begin collecting all the deadwood in the area, & sorting it into 3 different piles.

Pile #1: Clean-burning Oak wood will be the only type of wood used for cooking food.

Pile #2:  Clean & hot-burning Manzanita will be gathered for use in heating rocks for rock boiling, & also for firing clay inside a kilns.

Pile #3:  Woods that do not burn clean (Conifers, Buckeye, Lilac, Osage, Willow, Cottonwood) will be used for building a Wikiup shelter.  Wikiups are ideal for preventing wildfires in forests with a lot of deadwood buildup.  Here’s a partially-built Wikiup:

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Now that your camp is set up, its time to prepare for acorn harvesting season!  

   During around August (usually)Oaks drop their first batch of acorns:

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This first batch always has holes in them because the moths & weevils infested them!

After this “first drop” is when the leaves leaves & “bad acorns” are raked into circles & carefully burned using  Federal Safety Regulations.  We recommend:

  • fill a 5-gallon bucket with water so that the fire can be doused at any time.
  • make sure there is no wind– only do this during calm weather.
  • be *very careful* to clear ALL the debris away from the area a bare minimum of 5 feet.

      Now, it is time to control burn the leaf piles that have the “bad acorns” mixed in.  Oaks burn clean, & this process helps replenish the soil!  This process has of course been made much safer because all the deadwood has already been cleared for your shelter & firewood!

Now, a month later when the Oak trees drop their *second batch* of acorns, you will not have to sift through them to find out which ones are good & which ones are bad!

   These techniques could be used to strategically create “buffer zones”  along the edges of forested areas in order to help protect homes & other buildings, etc. while simultaneously providing comfortable living conditions, restoring topsoils, preventing massive wildfires, & preparing for a good healthy harvest season!

   For in-depth, further information, please view this Wikipedia page on “Native American Uses of Fire“- absolutely amazing!

   ALSO- Wild Willpower would like to give our sincere & humble thanks to the brave warriors who have come in from all across the nation to help put these fires out!  A special thanks, also to CAL Fire for helping to orchestrate all this!

firefighter heroes

  Thank you USA Today for honoring these heroes who are right there among the flames protecting EVERYONE!

   ONE MORE THING– hey- Californians-  we could *technically* be helping these guys out right now in a very very simple way!   It is very very important to *never forget* the power that The Creator has given freely among us!

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Learning from the Past to Prepare for the Future