First Lecture: "Wildfire Risk In Our Unique Ecosystem" on April 17th 2012

Post date: Apr 02, 2012 4:39:10 PM

North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council Lecture Series:

Working Towards a Fire Adapted Topanga

As part of our educational outreach, NTCFSC, will hold the first of a 4-part lecture series on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00pm in the community room of the Topanga Public Library. In keeping with NTCFSC's mission of long-term preparation, the focus of these presentations will not be on what to do during an emergency, but what can be done long before a fire to lessen it's potential impact.

The topic of this lecture will be Wildfire Risk In Our Unique Ecosystem. What responsibilities do we share as resident in Topanga's Wildland-Urban Interface? What makes our Mediterranean Ecosystem different than other ecosystems? How does fire behave here? Is it a natural part of our ecosystem? How does it start? How quickly does it spread? What can we do to slow it down? The presenters, Kathryn Kirkpatrick and Robert Taylor, are wildland fire specialists from National Park Service*.

Kathryn notes that "comprehending the wildfire processes can help us make the right choices about actions we should take concerning wildfire safety. We hope by conveying this information about fire behavior residents will feel empowered and less mystified on how and why our ecosystem supports dangerous wildfires and how recommended actions make lives and homes safer."

Space is limited, please RSVP to