The new documentary THE WEST IS BURNING premiering next month in Southern California on KCET, examines the history of forest management and litigation to raise awareness of the current conditions of forests in the western U.S. As summers get hotter, longer and drier, catastrophic megafires – wildfires that decimate over 10,000 acres – emerge nearly year-round. With these outbreaks threatening public health, water supplies and ecosystems, recovery costs reflect trillions of dollars as entire communities rebuild in the aftermath. The film premieres on Sat., Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. on KCET. The film will stream on YouTube TV simultaneously with the broadcast and are available for streaming for 7 days following the broadcast at kcet.org/thewestisburning.
“We need to embrace a new era of forest stewardship using all of our management tools including thinning, prescribed fire and managed wildfire,” said Melanie Parker, Deputy Director of Sonoma County Regional Parks.
The feature documentary produced by University of Arizona’s Landmark Stories filmmakers Cody Sheehy and Galen McCaw, is made in association with Wallowa Resources. Released in tandem with the documentary, the multi-platform initiative includes an app that will allow viewers to create short films targeted for audiences with specific interests. Additionally, an interactive map has been created allowing viewers to tour the western U.S. to learn how wildfires are impacting communities and ushering in lifestyle changes as a result. A series of virtual community gatherings will also be offered to supplement face-to-face conversations about the film. For more information to join the conversation, viewers can go to https://www.westisburning.org/join-us
This article was released by PBS SoCal.