Ep. 45Prescribed Fire, Managed Fire, and Community Engagement in Oregon, with Christopher Adlam

Hello again! After a hefty mid-winter break, Life with Fire is back with our first episode of 2023. This episode was recorded from the road last fall, with guest Christopher Adlam.

Chris is the regional fire specialist for the Southwest Oregon region of Oregon State’s Fire Extension, and had some great insights on community and individual fire resilience, OSU’s fire extension programming and, finally, how we can better communicate with communities about both prescribed and managed fire. We chatted next to an old burn unit above Ashland, Oregon, in a popular recreation area—this being the case, the audio in this episode has a little more character than normal, thanks to wind, birds and mountain bikers. We also had a short visit from a local hiker, who shared some of his own thoughts on fire use in the area, smoke impacts of prescribed fire units and his perceptions of wildfire risk in Ashland. It was a fun side conversation and a great example of how engaged community members are in what’s happening on the land in their backyards.

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