wilder than wild: Fire, Forests and the future

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"We are experiencing now the fires of the future."    Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director

WILDER THAN WILD: Fire, Forests and the Future reveals how fuel build-up and climate change have made Western wildlands vulnerable to large, high intensity wildfires, while greenhouse gases released from these fires accelerate climate change - a vicious cycle that 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, 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. 

In their 13-minute film, The Fire Next Time, filmmakers Stephen Most and Kevin White examine how problematic policies, fuel build-up, and climate change converged to push a Sierra Nevada forest to a tipping point. Much of the land that once stored water and carbon, fed and sheltered a diversity of wildlife, and gave people the joys of recreation may never be restored. Many more forests are in danger of a similar fate. The response to the Rim Fire by resource managers and concerned stakeholders will inform efforts to save other forested lands. All of these issues are to be explored in depth in their hour-long film Wilder Than Wild.

Producers: Stephen Most & Kevin White
Director: Kevin White
Writer: Stephen Most