Not If, But When: Wildfire Solutions

Wildfires are a global issue. California is hit hard because of its dry climate. The film explores the pros and cons of much-debated solutions: prescribe burns, logging, thinning, biomass power plants, and more. We discovered that experts in the Sierra Nevada are taking on innovative solutions at an unprecedented scale, and if they are successful, it could influence work around the world.
Radu SavaRebekah Hood-Sava
Jeff BrownKate GordonShelly Allen
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M RolferReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
When is actually NOW!
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As we head into the beginning of peak fire season (Mid August 2020) following weeks of 100 degree plus days in the Sierra Foothills we are starting an omnipresent period of continuous NOW Wildfire days.

This is an excellent primer on the status, dangers and solutions to the threat that those of us that live in the wildlands interface and, by extension, to all the rest of Californians and other Western States residents.

My hope is that this will get in front of the largest number of eyes of all those politically connected citizens of all states and that they will recognize this as an issue that potentially affects us all. The fact that this is a threat that we can actually address, even though it will be over a long timeframe, should allow all intelligent humans to join in the call to action.

I do wish that the film provided some sense of how long a timeframe and how large a swath of California needs to be addressed. My guess is that this is a multi-decades long imperative so the more these issues can be impressed and disseminated to the younger generation, the ones that we are leaving the burden of carrying on this struggle, the greater hope there is for success over time.
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DiamondsReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
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Spot on !
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As current and relevant as can be, writing this review in the 'West Coast Inferno' time, not a year after its release, this documentary provides a multi-faceted lens through which to start looking and understanding how we got here. The multi-faceted aspect is what really makes this documentary worth-wile, with an emphasis on collaboration across the board, from science, to state, federal, local communities, and business interests. Filled with interviews, drone shots, history and maps, the documentary focuses on a part of Sierra Foothills, and highlights initiatives that seek to find collaborative solutions to address and reconcile the fact that much of California is both forested and inhabited, yes, shaped by human interference. It offsets current and recent situations by putting it against a background of native American history, pre-dating westerners' homesteading and economic exploitation.
To end with a quote by one of the experts with experience 'on the ground'; "it's a man-made problem, so we can solve this". For anyone with an interest in the current fire dangers and its causes, it's a'must-see'. Thanks for bringing this to a wider public.
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Public NameReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2020
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Great information about current wildfire situation in the Western US
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There were some really good takeaways from this documentary that I had not heard or thought of before, like "nothing rots in Western forests." Also, in 1908 was when Congress allowed unlimited resources for putting out all wildfires. That is about 20 years after the last large wildfire northeast of Santa Fe. Even though this documentary is based in California, it's lessons can be applied to all Western watersheds and firesheds.
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Jeffrey AndrusReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very informative. Gives thie history of our forests including some of our recent Very large fires.
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Does everything you want from a documentary. Gives the context and history of our forests Outlines the current problems with them and gives solutions and documents some of the new efforts being done to implement those solutions..

Should be required learning for our school kids. It answers, what is a healthy forest. Answers os mpt what you may expect.

Does not push any crazy political agenda.
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M WaznaReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2020
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Collaborative approach to using fire and other means to restore our forests to full health
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Excellent documentary that is well researched and presents fire within an historical context and current scientific understanding. The thing I like most is that the speakers attributed responsibility for the state of our forests to us Europeans, who changed the way forests were managed by the native Americans. The native Americans masterfully managed forests with prescribed burning for millennia, while Europeans, through ignorance and arrogance created this mess. But we are coming full circle now, and hopefully we can remedy this mess if we pull together.
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Mark AgnewReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2020
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A real eyeopener
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Very Informative. Not a hopeless scenario, instead showing positive learning experiences and possibilities from many different viewpoints and levels of expertise. Had no idea all these people and agencies are working on this. Thank you!
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Charles RReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
For California residents a must view
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Well-presented information about wildfires, forest management and sustainability. The question is can the scale of effort required become a practical reality? Local issues, local politics, local outcomes....
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Peter L.Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2020
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Amazing documentary
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Beautifully shot and full of eye-opening information.
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