This fall, Karuk Indigenous Womens+ Training Exchange (KWTREX) will bring participants to the remote Klamath Mountains, where they will camp together and burn in culturally-relevant habitats and fuel types. The event, organized by Indigenous women+ and hosted by the Karuk Tribe, local partners, and members of the national WTREX team, will focus on centering Indigenous women+ in prescribed and cultural burning, drawing on the rich knowledge and traditions of local cultural practitioners as well as the experiences and perspectives of participants and invited guests. We value and want to uplift groups who are generally under-represented in fire in order to work toward revitalizing fire cultures and building more just, equitable, and beneficial fire management systems informed by Indigenous Peoples.
KWTREX will take place October 8-14 on the remote Klamath River in northern California. The event is open to participants of all genders and backgrounds, but will have a focus on Indigenous women and cultural burning. The training will use the Incident Command System while also working to imagine and create decolonial, Indigenous structures of fire leadership and operations