The danger and anxiety that forest fires present hit very close to home in 2015 with the old mine site fire in Sechelt: eerie smoke-filled days; the constant tat-tat-tat-tat of helicopters; the uncertainty of whether the intense flames could be contained as they claimed the life of Creeker John Phare and threatened to overtake us. Around the world communities are at risk from bigger and increasingly intense wildfires.
Edward Struzik’s book, Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future, examines the role poor forest management policies, changes in climate, insect species, and economics have played in creating unhealthy forests that put people and environments at risk.
Joining him is eight-year veteran firefighter Aaron Williams. His book, Chasing Smoke: A Wildfire Memoir, takes us into the dangerous heart of fighting wildfires. A memoir that in parts reads like a thriller, Williams’ story authentically captures life on the front line.
This event will be hosted and moderated by Festival director and journalist Sean Eckford.