What is the webinar about?
The PNW claims a unique place in America’s pyrogeography and its national narrative of fire. For the middle of the 20th century (1920s to 1970s), the region was a major presence. Its institutional history can be framed by two timber wars. The first, in an era of conservation reform, led to a program of cooperative fire protection that joined federal agencies, states, and industry into a common cause for fire suppression. The second, amid an environmental movement, enlisted new members, reorganized the nature of cooperation, and redirected the project toward more preservationist goals. The new alliance, however, did not include industry, which instead moved into private services for suppression. In the last decade the PNW has stormed back into the national scene thanks to an explosion of megafires, smoke, and an energized congressional delegation.
Presenter: Stephen Pyne, is an emeritus professor at Arizona State University, and the author of numerous books on fire, most recently Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America and To the Last Smoke, a 9-book series that surveys the American fire scene by region.
Host: Northwest Fire Science Consortium
Who should participate?
Anyone interested in fire history in the Pacific Northwest