KS Wild Podcast Focuses On Living With Wildfires – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

ASHLAND – Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center recently released a six-part podcast series that focuses on living amid wildfires in the age of climate change.

The podcast, titled “One Foot in the Black,” tells the story of the West and the conditions of forest fires exacerbated by climate change, according to co-host Alexi Lovechio.

Contributing voices include fire practitioners, firefighters, scientists and policy makers – stakeholders in the West’s “future of fire”. In the podcast, tribal members highlight the value of cultural practices of using fire as a form of community and land protection, Lovechio said.

In the half-hour-long first episode, listeners meet Ashland Wildfire Division Chief Chris Chambers, Representative Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, Tribal Partnerships Director of the Lomakatsi Restoration Project Belinda Brown, research Jessica Halofsky and Janet Lancaster, co-founder of Firesmart Merlin.

According to Timothy Ingalsbee, executive director of Firefighters for United Safety, Ethics and Ecology, the podcast offers promising insight into sustainable firefighting and management operations, moving away from a “perpetual state of war against wildfires.” by communities and emergency responders.

“There is a common thread running through many of our interviews: Climate change is rewriting the rules for how we experience fire,” said Joseph Vaile, co-host and climate director at KS Wild.

The title of the podcast echoes a term used by wildland firefighters to refer to the blackened area within a line of fire – a boundary that is both the closest to active flames and the most common escape route. closer, according to podcast producer Jessica Klinke.

“Climate change is forcing our communities to live with one foot in the dark,” Klinke said.

The podcast can be streamed on Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and the KS Wild website.

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