New podcast Sandcastles dives into how to prepare for wildfires

KHOL interviews the producer about about what Teton County can learn from one of Los Angeles County's most destructive fires.
The Woolsey Fire approaches Point Dume, Malibu on Nov. 9, 2018. (Dru Jacobson)

by | Jul 17, 2023 | Culture

In 2018, the Woolsey Fire in Southern California tore through the coast and became one of the most destructive fires in Los Angeles County history. Thousands of structures were destroyed and three people died. 

Wildfires have become commonplace in California and across the United States in recent years. 

The Point Dume Bombers in Keegan Gibbs’s backyard the day after the Woolsey Fire came through Point Dume. (Keegan Gibbs)

Wyoming’s Teton County is no stranger to the threat of wildfires. The forest service has found the region is one of the most at risk for wildfires in Wyoming. The season typically runs roughly June through September.

Efforts are currently underway to help educate homeowners about their risks and create a new Teton County wildfire mitigation plan

In the Woolsey Fire in California, a group of surfers stepped up to fight the Woolsey Fire in Malibu when first responders weren’t able to come through during one of the worst wildfire seasons in the state’s history.

Adriana Cargill is a radio producer telling the story of how a group, dubbed the Point Dume bombers, helped fight the fire in her podcast, Sandcastles. She recently spoke with KHOL about the model  of community resilience they created and what other communities like Teton County may be able to learn from their experience. 

Click listen below to hear the conversation.


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About Tyler Pratt

Tyler has over a decade of experience as a jack-of-all-trades at public radio newsrooms across the U.S. He's a Columbia Journalism School alum with a passion for reporting on criminal justice, social justice, and LGBTQ+ issues. He loves New Orleans Saints football, dance floors, tasting new wines and trying out taco spots. Follow Tyler on Twitter @prattattak

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