Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future, screens in the Bay Area premiere followed by a Q & A with Berkeley City Councilmember Kate Harrison, UC Berkeley fire scientist Scott Stephens, Berkeley firefighter, Mike Shuken, (a first responder in the Wine Country Fires) and filmmakers Kevin White and Stephen Most.
According to Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott, "We are experiencing now the fires of the future." This one-hour documentary reveals how fuel build-up and climate change have exposed Western wildlands to large, high intensity wildfires, while greenhouse gases released from these fires accelerate climate change. This vicious cycle jeopardizes our forests and affects us all with extreme weather and more wildfires, some of which are now entering highly populated wildland-urban areas. Filmmaker Kevin White takes us on a journey from the Rim Fire of 2013, which burned 257,000 acres in the central Sierra (including Berkeley Tuolumne Camp) to the wine country wildfires of 2017, which destroyed 9,000 buildings and killed 44 people. Along the way, we learn how the proactive use of prescribed fire can reduce reliance on reactive fire suppression, and we meet stakeholder groups working with scientists and innovative resource managers to build consensus on how to restore and manage the lands we love and depend on.
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