A two day lecture series called “Fire On The Landscape” will be held in Helena at ‘Montana Wild’ on June 10 & 11 from 6:00-8:30 PM. FireSafe Montana Chair, Pat McKelvey, in describing the series to the media said that “These are some top notch people coming in.” Well known experts will speak on a variety of topics related to the effects that wildfires have on the landscape. Speakers include:
(1) Bruce Sims, a recently retired regional hydrologist and Regional Burned Area Emergency Response coordinator will speak about potential post-fire impacts on various landscapes, particularly watersheds.
(2) Mark Finney, a research forester for the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory will talk about the science behind fire behavior and its effects on various landscapes.
(3) Jack Cohen is a research physical scientist for the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory will speak about the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), and how homes ignite during large wildfires.
(4) Dana Hicks, Fire Management Specialist at British Columbia Public Service will talk about the impact that the mountain pine beetle infestation has had on wildfires in Canada.
(5) Brett Lacey, Fire Marshal for Colorado Springs, Colorado will speak about communities at risk and his experience with evacuations during the Waldo Canyon fire in 2012 and the Black Forest Fire in 2013.
Please Note: This is an amazing group of well recognized fire experts talking about a wide variety of topics of great interest to fire fighting professionals, and WUI home owners, alike. It is well worth taking in this lecture series.
For those who are unable to attend the lectures in person, they will be live-streamed at helenair.com.