Live Webinar Series on Bighorn Fire on Aug. 5, 12 and 19

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Live Webinar Series on Bighorn Fire on Aug. 5, 12 and 19

Arizona Institutes for Resilience
July 20, 2020

As the Bighorn Fire smolders to a conclusion and with over 120,000 acres of the Santa Catalina Mountains burned, many questions and concerns remain: Why did this fire get so large? What was the role of climate change and drought? How was wildlife impacted? What will the mountains look like in the future?

A three-part public webinar series by the Arizona Institutes for Resilience at the University of Arizona will connect local, governmental and University of Arizona experts to address these questions and more through live interactions. The series is called "Fire on the Mountain: Understanding Tucson's Bighorn Fire."

  • What: Live Webinar: "Fire on the Mountain: Understanding Tucson's Bighorn Fire" 
  • When: Wednesdays, Aug. 5, 12 and 19, 6 p.m. (PT)
  • Where: Registration is free and required

"The Bighorn Fire was a watershed event that will shape our mountains for decades to come," said Jim Buizer, a professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and director of the Arizona Institutes for Resilience. "We all have many questions about the effects of the fire and what the future looks like. At the same time, we have a remarkable community of specialists whose whole careers are focused on addressing these questions. This public series is all about sharing what we know and connecting this science to our city."

In partnership with Arizona Public Media and moderated by Tom McNamara and Vanessa Barchfield, the live series will begin Aug. 5 and air for three consecutive Wednesday evenings on Zoom. Episodes will explore the context and details of the more-than-monthlong fire, what we can expect in the immediate aftermath and the future of the Catalinas.

"We all watched in shock this June as the Bighorn Fire consumed the Catalinas day after day. I know I have a ton of questions and concerns," said Ben Wilder, lead producer of the series and director of the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill. "It is vital that science be relevant to our community. This series will provide timely information in an engaging way that should allow each of us to begin to get our head around what we witnessed."

The series is free, but registration is required. Register online for any or all of the three livestreams. Episodes will be recorded and made available on the above website for on-demand viewing.

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