Supported and planned by the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net) and the Western Region of the Wildland Fire Leadership Council. Moderated by Ali Lerch.
Panelists: 1) Eytan Krasilovsky is the Deputy Director for the Forest Stewards Guild based in northern New Mexico. Eytan supports programs and collaborative efforts at the intersection of fire-adapted ecosystems and communities. He received his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania after working as a field archaeologist in the Northeast and a fire effects monitor and wildland firefighter with the National Park Service.
2) Katie Gibble is the Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator for Ashland Fire & Rescue. In her position, Katie works with all facets of the community, including homeowners, neighborhoods, businesses, city government, and regional partners to implement wildfire mitigation and safety programs. Katie has coordinated similar programs for Utah's Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands and for the City of Boise Fire Department. She holds a master's degree in Geoscience from Boise State University, where she studied post-fire erosion in the Boise foothills.
3) Kris Ray works for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and manages the Air Quality Program. Currently the program is developing the concept of smoke ready communities to provide practical methods to minimize health related problems due to wood smoke. The program also instigated the Okanogan River Airshed Partnership to look at the many sources of emissions on and off the Reservation and develop strategies for decreasing exposure.
4) Sarah Coefield has been an air quality specialist with the Missoula City-County Health Department’s Air Pollution Control Program since 2010. She is the lead for smoke management and wildfire smoke response. During wildfire smoke events, Sarah provides the community with wildfire smoke forecasts and health advisories. During the off-season, she works closely with community, non-profit and research partners to move Missoula County closer to being a smoke-ready community.