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On the Rocks Presents – Up in Flames: How the confluence of society and nature leads to catastrophic wildfire events, and what we can do about it
September 1 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Light Refreshments will be served at 3:30PM
Talk Begins at 4PM | Block Hall 311
Jessica Haas, Executive Officer Fire & Fuels, USFS, Washington Office Enterprise Program
Jessica Haas will present on how the confluence of society and nature leads to catastrophic wildfire events, and what we can do about it. Wildfires are a critical ecological process in the American West. At the same time, with increasingly complex wildfires occurring every year, and more and more people moving to exurban areas, the wildfire environment is getting harder to manage, and the ecological benefits are becoming harder to realize. As climate changes and populations increase, wildfire professionals expect this to continue. By using advanced analytics to engage the fire before it starts, wildfire professionals are taking a new look at how to better prepare for wildfires, how to strategically respond to wildfires when they occur, and how to mitigate losses from them. Jessica will discuss the complexities of exurban community planning in wildfire prone areas and managing wildfires under our new climate norm. She will also offer some insight on what society can do to better live with wildfire and restore this important ecological process to our landscapes.