13 Aug '11, 2pm

Rebuilding After a Wildfire: No Plywood, No Plastic and Nothing That Smells Bad When It Burns

Rebuilding After a Wildfire: No Plywood, No Plastic and Nothing That Smells Bad When It Burns

I learned early on at Natural Home that a good home is about so much more than a roof overhead. Betty and Rolland, whose off-the-grid compound in the mountains we featured in 1999, were devastated but not destroyed when a wildfire that roared through Sugarloaf Canyon above Boulder, Colorado, in 1989 reduced their cabin, tipi, and several other buildings to 6 inches of ash. The stone shop where Rolland makes and repairs clocks, an underground cellar and a birdhouse were all that remained. But when the Red Cross asked what they needed after the fire, they requested only compost. Dirty Face, the tree squirrel who had lived in the cabin’s front wall, kept returning frantically to the site where the compost pile once stood, looking for food. Betty was in tears, watching the tree swallows fly around in panic. “Those birds are our spirits,” Rolland says. “They’re very much a part...

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