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Webinar: Wildfires in Western Washington, A Different Animal

Posted by patrick.shults | May 28, 2020

There is no shortage of news coverage, research, publications, and educational programming available to address the issue of wildfires in the dry forests of eastern Washington and the rest of the interior Pacific Northwest.  These areas have been hit hard by wildfires due to decades of fire suppression and require a massive forest restoration effort to reduce fuel loads.  But what about fires in the wet forests of western Washington?  How do wildfire behavior and forest fire ecology differ in this region? How does a changing climate impact the risk of catastrophic fires and what does this mean for how we manage forests and protect homes here?

Many believe that fire is simply not a concern west of the Cascades.  While it’s true that greater rainfall makes these forests more fire-resilient, it also inherently means greater fuel loads will be available when fires do occur.  As the climate continues to change and we experience hotter summers and longer dry periods, catastrophic wildfires may become a more pressing concern on the west side. While this is an alarming thought, learning more about how these fires behave is the first step to being prepared.

Log in to this webinar to hear Daniel Donato (WADNR/UW) discuss the current science on western Washington wildfires followed by Ashley Blazina (WADNR), who will talk about the best practices for protecting your home.

When and Where

Tuesday, June 30 (6-8PM)

This seminar will be offered via a live, interactive webinar. A high-speed internet connection is needed. Dial-up will not work. You can access the webinar with your computer or mobile device.

IMPORTANT:  Due to increased security, you must have your own Zoom account to participate. You can easily create a free Zoom account if you do not already have one. You must have your Zoom account set up and be registered for the webinar at least two hours before the webinar start time.

If you cannot attend the webinar, a recording will be available afterwards.  You are welcome to register if you cannot attend to receive an email notification when the recording is available or check back at this website the week following the webinar.

Cost and Registration

There is no cost to this webinar.  Pre-registering is required and can be done online.

Accommodations and Acknowledgements

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Patrick Shults at 360-740-1213 or patrick.shults@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.