Why tell your story? Community members, including students and their families, can learn from your experiences and be more prepared for wildfire. Telling your story can also help members of your family process their feelings about wildfire.

Who should tell their story? Anyone who has been affected by a wildfire, near or far. We hope to collect stories from community members of all ages and from all walks of life. Feel free to write your story in whichever language is most comfortable for you.

What should you share in your story?  Share your thoughts and feelings before, during, and after the fire.

Take your time, if you’re feeling stuck, that’s okay. Here are some suggestions to help guide you through the experience:

Start with facts: when retelling your story of and experience with wildfire, focus on the facts of what happened. You can even write separate entries about what happened before, during, and after the wildfire.

Adding thoughts and feelings: after writing about the facts of your experience, it can help to slowly read through your narrative, adding details about your thoughts and feelings experienced. Revisions to the facts are also acceptable during this part of the process.

Try writing a paragraph about how you feel differently now, as opposed to when the wildfire was occurring or before it began. What would you say to someone else who was going through the same experience?

Stories shared through this form and/or by email will be published on this website.
We will list your first name if you provide it. Otherwise, we will list the author as “Anonymous”.

Thank you for sharing your fire story!

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