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Era of Megafires - A Multi-Media Presentation with Dr. Paul Hessburg in Lincoln

Era of Megafires poster imageThe Northern Rockies Fire Science Network partnered with the Blackfoot Challenge, FireSafe Montana, Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest, The Nature Conservancy, and Southwestern Crown Collaborative to bring the Era of Megafires to Montana.

The Era of Megafires is a 70-minute, multi-media presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg, who has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for more than 27 years. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes and features the work of wildfire photographer, John Marshall. Think Ted X mixed with snappy documentary shorts and compelling photography. The videos are produced by award-winning documentary film company, North 40 Productions, of Wenatchee, WA.

The presentation is designed to educate audiences across the West so that they may better participate in the conversation and solutions surrounding the Megafire issue.

This event included informational booths, a BBQ hosted by the Lincoln Community Council, Q & A with Hessburg and local experts, as well as a panel discussion. 

The panel discussion included: 

  • Sheriff Leo Dutton, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jarel Kurtz, Lincoln District Fire Management Officer
  • Chief Zack Muse, Lincoln Rural Fire Department
  • Signe Leirfallom, Blackfoot Challenge, Forestry Coordinator
  • Susan Good Giese, Chairperson, Lewis and Clark County Commissioner
  • Bill Cyr, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Bill Frisbee, Lincoln Community Council (moderator)


This presentation was also in Missoula April 24, Kalispell April 25, and Seeley Lake April 27.