Era of Megafires Presentation

The Era of Megafires Comes to Town

Dr. Paul Hessburg of the US Forest Service and North 40 Productions present the Era of Megafires

The Grand County Wildfire Council (GCWC), North 40 Productions, the US Forest Service, and Colorado Timber Resources are pleased to bring the Era of Megafires to Grand County’s Foundry Cinema & Bowl in Fraser on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11:00am. The GCWC will also be hosting the first Community Chipping Day at East Grand Fire from 8am to 1pm (77601 US Hwy 40, Winter Park).

The Era of Megafires is a 60-minute, digital 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 with over 850,000 views. For more information and updates, visit the Era of Megafires website:

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Era of Megafires Digital Presentation

Saturday, June 2, 2018


The Foundry Cinema & Bowl

22 Second Street, Fraser, CO