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Ordeal By Fire - A Film By George Sibley

Wildfires and Public Lands: Free Film Series, Discussions and More Santa Barbara Reads The Big Burn

When: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St. , Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Community Events

Description:

The film series starts on February 4 with Ordeal by Fire. Filmmaker George Sibley brings to life the period of the 1910 Big Burn wildfires in the northwest, when people were learning to live with the ancient natural cycles of a harsh yet beautiful land. The fires were also the first big test of one of American's most profound political ideas: could, and should, the federal government manage and protect America's natural resources.

The history of the Northwest is inseparable from the history of fires in the Northwest, and the fires of 1910 are legendary here. Ordeal by Fire brings to life one of the most exciting periods of American history, a time when people of vastly different backgrounds -- Italian and Irish immigrants, Black soldiers, prospectors, loggers, forest rangers, farmers and railroad men -- were learning to live both with each other and with the ancient natural cycles of a harsh yet beautiful land. The fires were also the first big test of one of American's most profound political ideas: could, and should, the federal government manage and protect America's natural resources? For better and for worse, these fires shaped how Americans would view wild land fires and fire protection, and its impacts on our landscapes and on how we mange our lands are with us to this day.

Other Santa Barbara Reads and UCSB Reads highlights are panel discussions featuring UCSB professors discussing The Big Burn, on Wednesday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Rd.; and Thursday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Library. The Los Padres National Forest will bring special children’s presentation to the branch libraries during February, with a visit from Smokey Bear. More information is available at the Santa Barbara Public Library web site, SBPLibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Phone: 805-564-5633

Event posted Feb. 2, 2014
Last updated Feb. 2, 2014

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