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Wildfires: Paradoxes and paradigm shifts

  • 11 Jul 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • C+C Downtown Seattle, 1011 Western Ave., Suite702, Seattle WA 98104

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Wildfires: Paradoxes and Paradigm Shifts

One of the great paradoxes of the wildfire problem is that our very effectiveness at putting fires out inevitably leads to larger, costlier and more damaging fires.  Even in this era of a warming and drying climate, firefighters catch around 97% of all wildfires.  It is the 3% that elude containment in the initial attack phase that cause the vast majority of damage.  So how do we change the approach to the wildfire paradox in order to create better outcomes for those that live in and around the wildlands?  How do we better prepare ourselves, our neighbors, our first responders and our communities for the next wildfire?  

Speaker:  
Annie Schmidt is the Director of Policy and Partnerships for the Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network as well as the Public Affairs Officer for Chelan County Fire District 3 in Leavenworth, WA. Annie has worked in the environmental field for almost 20 years with a focus on wildfire and collaboration. Annie is passionate about community resilience and particularly enjoys teaching the Wildland Urban Interface: Fire Adapted Communities course at the National Fire Academy in Emmittsburg, Maryland.  Annie‚Äôs other areas of interest weaving preparedness into wildfire Incident Management Team operations, the development of business wildfire resilience, and post-fire recovery. Her recent work includes assisting with the development of the Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network.



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