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Experts To Discuss 'Changing Face Of Wildfire'

Sep 21, 2018

The Lake Christine Fire burns on Basalt Mountain behind Basalt Elementary School on July 4. This week, fire experts are gathered to share information about how and why fire behavior is changing across the west.
Credit Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Local and national wildfire experts are gathering in the Roaring Fork Valley this week for a series of panel discussions.

 

National Geographic science writer Gary Ferguson will headline a series of discussions about how wildfires are changing and why. Ferguson is the author of “Land on Fire,” a book that examines how factors like drought and fire suppression have contributed to bigger and hotter fires across the west.

He’ll be joined by a panel of officials from local and regional fire agencies and the U.S. Forest Service. They’ll share experiences from the Lake Christine Fire and discuss how communities can prepare for wildfire.

The panel speaks Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Temporary in Basalt, Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Doerr-Hosier Center in Aspen.