The Future with Fire
One Foot in the Black
by Jessica Klinke, KS Wild
1y ago
Wildfire is integral to both nature and humanity. Yet, through colonial policies of genocide and the removal of Indigenous people from their land, the United States brought an end to traditional fire use and made suppression of most wildfires the dominating philosophy. By the mid-20th century, wildfire suppression reached an industrial scale, with the use of military tactics for suppression and a friendly mascot to deliver anti-fire rhetoric. We’ve become a nation that fears fire and fights it at all costs. In this final episode of One Foot in the Black, we look back through the series and sum ..read more
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Changing Our Relationship With Fire
One Foot in the Black
by Jessica Klinke, KS Wild
2y ago
Climate change is having a massive impact on how fires are burning, adding an urgent need for better wildfire policy that will change how we use, prepare for, and fight fire.But what are politicians doing about this? Is anyone addressing the policy changes that are needed to protect communities - the policy changes that we desperately need to build a different, more sustainable relationship with fire? In this episode of One Foot in the Black, we look at the policies being presented to address the wildfire crisis impacting the West. We talk to policy makers and fire professionals abo ..read more
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Climate Change in the Era of Megafires
One Foot in the Black
by Jessica Klinke, KS Wild
3y ago
In this episode of One Foot in the Black, we look closer at how climate change is impacting fire behavior in the West, and how we’re living through an era of Megafires. We talk to fire professionals and climate scientists about the increasing intensity of fire behavior, and ask the questions: how are we going to manage fires in the era of climate change? And what does climate adaptation look like in the context of fighting fire or preparing for fire season? Featured guests: Mike Beasley, Wildlands firefighter Tim Ingalsbee, Executive Director, Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecolog ..read more
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Communities at Risk
One Foot in the Black
by Jessica Klinke, KS Wild
3y ago
In this episode of One Foot in the Black, we examine communities at risk. We dive into the Wildland Urban Interface and look at ways to protect our homes, our communities, and each other. And we ask the question, how can we better plan and prepare our communities for wildfire and climate change while also learning how to build back better when we are impacted by wildfire? Hosts: Joseph Vaile, Alexi Lovechio, and Jessica Klinke ..read more
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Landscapes Shaped by Fire
One Foot in the Black
by Jessica Klinke, KS Wild
3y ago
In this episode we look to the past, stepping back to learn about the role fire has played in shaping the landscapes of the West and how humans co-existed with fire before modern wildfire suppression. Are we willing to learn from indigenous tribes about how to use fire? How can indigenous tribes be supported in traditional burning on their ancestral lands? We hear from tribal members and cultural fire practictioners Belinda Brown from Lomakatsi Restoration Project, and Rick O’Rourke from the Cultural Fire Management Council, on the importance of putting fire back on the ground. We also get a b ..read more
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Fire: the Problem and the Solution
One Foot in the Black
by Jessica Klinke, KS Wild
3y ago
The first episode of One Foot in the Black introduces you to the four root causes we’ve identified that increase the frequency and severity of wildfire in the West, and we begin to explore the solutions to living with fire in the era of climate change.  We begin this episode with the story of the Almeda Fire, which tore through southern Oregon communities during the Labor Day fires of September 2020. As an organization based in southern Oregon, a region where fire season is nothing new, KS Wild is at the forefront of tackling issues of fire and climate change. Here in Ashland, Oregon---on ..read more
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Introducing "One Foot in the Black"
One Foot in the Black
by Jessica Klinke, KS Wild
3y ago
One Foot in the Black is a six-episode podcast telling the story of fire in the West—how the landscape has been shaped by fire, how climate change is remaking the rules, and how our future with fire is tied to the past. Presented by KS Wild ..read more
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