Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Earth Lab Webinar, Jennifer Balch

“We bring fire with us: the role of people in changing modern U.S. fire regimes” by Jennifer Balch, Earth Lab Director

There are three ingredients needed for fire: fuel to burn, hot & dry conditions, and an ignition source. People are changing all three. The area burned has increased over just the past several decades, in western U.S. forests by 1500%. Last year was the most expensive wildfire season ever in the U.S., costing $18 Billion. We need to learn to live with fire, again. But how? Ultimately, we need to build better and burn better. In this webinar, Dr. Balch will explore these questions and answer questions from webinar participants.

The webinar will begin on Sep. 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM Eastern time; it will last for approximately 1 hour. A recording of the webinar will be available online within 10 days. Contact Remy Chappetta at with any further questions.

This webinar is hosted by a collaboration of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources and the Water Science and Technology Board of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


The lecture will be at 2:00pm Eastern Time (12pm Mountain Time). The view the webinar, please register at:


Thursday, September 20, 2018
12:00pm to 1:00pm