Wildfires are scorching the western United States with increasing severity. With more fires likely in the offing, understanding of the history of fire in the West, including Indigenous fire practices and fire’s many environmental legacies, is crucial to determining a more sustainable path forward.
Join historian Bill Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and head of the institute’s The West on Fire project, in conversation with:
- Josh West, Zinsmeyer Early Career Chair in marine studies and associate professor of Earth sciences and environmental studies;
- Jared Dahl Aldern, a historical ecologist and lead investigator for The West on Fire project; and
- Theresa Gregor, a descendant of the Iipay Nation of San Ysabel (Kumeyaay) and Yoeme (Yaqui), assistant professor of American Indian Studies at California State University, Long Beach and a graduate of USC Dornsife.