How Do We Live With Fire? A Public Forum

Tues. Oct. 24, 7-9 p.m. 

UC Theater on the University of Montana campus

Moderated by Frank Allen, former environment editor of the Wall Street Journal and former dean of the UM School of Journalism

Reception before event, starting at 6:30 p.m. in foyer outside UC Theater

Sponsored by UM Retirees Association; Presented by


  • Colin Hardy - Manager of Fire, Fuel and Smoke Science Program at USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Sarah Coefield - Missoula County air specialist
  • Phil Higuera - fire ecologist in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation
  • Bob Yokelson – smoke researcher with UM Chemistry Dept.
  • Greg Poncin - National Type 1 incident commander
  • Matt Arno - local government liason with the MT Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Bill Avey - supervisor of the Helena/Lewis and Clark National Forests 
  • Emily Rindal - Farmers Insurance agent in Seeley Lake

The forum will also be streamed via Facebook Live

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