Wildfire: On the Front Lines With Station 8 - Author Talk with Heather Hansen

Wildfire: On the Front Lines With Station 8 - Author Talk with Heather Hansen

Award-winning journalist Heather Hansen spent a full year “embedded” with the City of Boulder Wildland Fire Division, Station 8, and witnessed firsthand the heroics of its wildland fire crew, one of the busiest in the country. In Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8 (Mountaineers Books), she tells a rich and compelling story of modern wildfire science interwoven with the history, landscape, and human behavior that influence our response to these phenomena. As the severity, frequency, and costs of fires increase across the West, Hansen examines the changes in both mindset and activity around wildfires, and tracks our evolving perception of wildfire as something useful, to something feared, to something inevitable and necessary—but still profoundly dreaded

Join Waucoma Bookstore, Mountaineers Books, and Columbia Center for the Arts in welcoming author Heather Hansen to share the story of her book, Wildfire, which brings equal measures of sciences and drama to the issue of combating ever larger, more intense wildland fires. Hanson spent eighteen months immersed in fire science and policy, shadowing the elite firefighters of Station 8 near Boulder, Colorado, through their daily training regimens, public interaction, and an all-out week-long battle against a mountain blaze that tested their intensively honed skills and endurance.

She explores many aspects of wildfires, from the history of the national parks and development of forest management techniques to the most up-to-date computer models of fire behavior and micrometeorology. Her lively reportage combines interviews, mountain hikes, visits to fire labs, and even her game attempts to keep up with hotshot trainees and the Station 8 firefighters. With the fires that we experience throughout the Gorge, this author discussion is certain to be meaningful.

Free and open to the community. Beer and wine available for purchase.

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