From the evils of fire, to using and living with fire

Truck and projector
A truck with a movie projector visited rural communities to teach people about the evils of wildfire. PBS.

A PBS program, “The future of Fire,” takes us from the 1920s when trucks visited rural communities in the Southeast and used a projector to show a movie on the side of barns about the evils of fire, to today when modeling tools help fire managers make better decisions about using and managing fire.

"Her vision is that she'd be able to sit on her front porch and just watch the fire go by and be completely unconcerned because the conditions around her home were such that she would be confident that she had done her work and her neighbors had done their work and it was safe to actually have fire play an active role in restoring the landscape. And that we don't look at all smoke as bad, that we be really working toward seeing smoke and have that be a positive experience, that it's like, oh, the forest is under renewal right now." 

Anne Bradley, Forest Program Director, The Nature Conservancy, paraphrasing someone she knows who lives in the forest.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “From the evils of fire, to using and living with fire”

  1. In the first ten seconds, “we” are “re-messaging” our kids to let neglected campfires burn?

  2. Good article, but timing is ironic since biggest wildfire burning in the USA right now is an escaped prescribed fire that merged with a fire that later started by undetermined cause. (Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon).


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