The Era of Megafires


A Swan Valley Wildfire Preparedness Presentation

Sat., Aug. 4th, 7 pm at Swan Valley Community Hall

Condon, MT - Swan Valley Connections, Swan Valley Emergency Services, Montana DNRC – Swan Unit, North 40 Productions, and the US Forest Service are pleased to bring the "Era of Megafires" to the Swan Valley Community Hall in Condon on Saturday, August 4th at 7:00 pm. Cookies and beverages will be provided. Free. Everyone is welcome.

The Era of Megafires is a 60-minute presentation featuring Dr. Paul Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station. In this multi-media presentation, Hessburg explains that over the past decade, the number of large, severe wildfires has been on the rise. These megafires are wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres; they can destroy or severely damage human communities, wildlife habitat, and natural resources. This special presentation conveys the conditions that lead to megafires and how they might be managed or mitigated.

“A future without wildfire isn’t an option,” Hessburg says. “So, what kind of future do we want for our forests? The goal of this project is to share a vocabulary and increase the understanding and ability of ordinary citizens so that they can enter into local discussions and planning for a more certain future for public forest lands."

Since June, 2016, the presentation has reached 86 cities and towns and more than 25,000 citizens. There is also an “Era of Megafires” presentation on www.ted.com with over 850,000 views:

https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_hessburg_why_wildfires_have_gotten_worse_and_how_we_can_stop_them.

For more information on the Aug. 4th event in Condon visit: https://www.swanvalleyconections.org/events. For more information on the Era of Megafires visit: https://www.eraofmegafires.com.


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