Fighting Fire with Fire

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 7:00pm
The City Library - 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah

Monster forest fires, big enough to be seen from space and hot enough to create their own weather, used to be a once-in-a-decade nightmare. But now, they're an everyday summer reality across vast stretches of North America. This documentary raises questions about conventional methods of fighting fire and whether decades of suppressing fire have simply made matters worse. The documentary, Fighting Fire with Fire, ventures into the forests of Banff National Park where the park wardens have experimented with prescribed burns and examines the resource and public perception challenges of improved fire management in a changing climate.

After the film, join Mitchell Power, NHMU Curator and Assistant Professor in the University of Utah Department of Geography, for a discussion of his research on Utah’s ancient and modern wildfire patterns and how understanding the implications of climate change for Utah could lead to better fire suppression policies.

Directed by Michelle Metivier
Not Rated | 44 min | 2005 | Canada

Science Movie Night is presented by the Natural History Museum of Utah in partnership with the Utah Film Center.
We thank the Salt Lake City Public Library, our presenting sponsor.
This event is free and open to the public.