Tens of millions of people across the West are facing the reality of life in a flammable landscape. When we hear about communities getting wiped out by wildfires, what's actually going on? Why is it happening? And, what can we do about it? Jack Cohen is a retired U.S. Forest Service research physical scientist who focusing on the combustion and heat transfer of wildland fire Sheryl Gunn is a silviculturist with the Lolo National Forest Alex Metcalf is a social scientist focused on the broad field of human dimensions on natural resources and a professor at the University of Montana. Libby Metcalf is a social scientist specializing in the way humans interact with their natural environment and a professor at the University of Montana.

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Fireline probes the causes and consequences of the increasingly devastating wildfires burning in the U.S. It taps into the experience of firefighters, tribal land managers, climate scientists and others to understand how we got here and where we're going. Fireline is a six part series about what wildfire means for the West, planet and our way of life.

Media Record Details

Apr 20, 2021
Jack D. Cohen, Sheryl Gunn, Alexander L. Metcalf, Libby Metcalf

Cataloging Information

Fire Communication & Education
Fire Effects

NRFSN number: 23864
Record updated: January 17, 2023