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    Foresthill could very well behold the same fate as the community of Paradise. It is not  really “if” but “when”. Educate yourself and family by attending the upcoming Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future. This one hour  documentary will be followed by an expert panel of professionals who will share with you tools you need to know to enable you to possibly save your homes and lives of your loved ones. You will hear from and be able to ask questions of an expert panel consisting of the Foresthill FPD Chief, CalFire Battalion Chief, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, and Placer County Office of Emergency Services. This community meeting will be held on January 30th  at 6:00-8:30pm at the Leroy Botts Memorial Hall in Foresthill.

  "We are experiencing now the fires of the future.” - CAL FIRE Chief Ken Pimlott.

Four years in the making, Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future is a one hour

documentary that reveals how fire suppression and climate change have exposed Western

forests to large, high severity wildfires, while greenhouse gases released from these fires

contribute to global warming. 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.

    There is much at stake. Landscapes that store water and carbon, produce oxygen, and feed and

shelter a diversity of wildlife are at risk. "We are losing forests at a rate which is causing them to be a contributor to the problem of global warming,” says Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board. According to fire historian Stephen Pyne, “Forests should be renewable, but with climate change and all the other problems that are going with it, we could see a large-scale conversion of forest – the equivalent of clearing it.”

Highlighting these issues with personal experience, 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, we see a California tribe renew their tradition of cultural fire, and we meet stakeholder groups working with scientists and resource managers to build consensus on how to restore and manage the lands we love and depend on.

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