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Era of Megafires - A Multi-Media Presentation with Dr. Paul Hessburg in Helena

MegafiresPosterGraphicSmallForWeb_0.PNGThe Era of Megafires is a 70-minute, multi-media presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg, who has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for more than 27 years. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes and features the work of wildfire photographer, John Marshall. Think Ted X mixed with snappy documentary shorts and compelling photography. The videos are produced by award-winning documentary film company, North 40 Productions, of Wenatchee, WA.

The presentation is designed to educate audiences across the West so that they may better participate in the conversation and solutions surrounding the Megafire issue. Take a look at this video put together by Tri-County Firesafe Working Group for more on what to expect. The local television program, "Community Pulse," also aired an interview about the presentation. The presentation took place at Helena's Myrna Loy Theater. Doors opened at 6:00PM, and the presentation began at 7:00PM. 

A follow-up discussion of local, fire-related issues was held on October 3rd at 7:00pm in the Montana Association of Counties (MACO) Building. This event was meant to encourage ongoing discussion of local issues related to the Helena Era of Megafires presentation and included educational and eye-opening discussions by professionals who have studied the local fire hazards and are involved in the solutions.

Jessica Haas, an ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station, kicked off the event by discussing local fuel hazard issues, what management actions have been taken, and what additional mitigation actions can be implemented to further reduce fuel hazard in the face of worsening fire conditions.

Sponsors for both events included Tri-County FireSafe Working Group, FireSafe Montana and the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network.