Blue Mountain Land Trust (BMLT) along with a number of regional partners, will be hosting two virtual film events, The West is Burning and Catching Fire: Prescribed Burning in Northern CA to bring more community attention to National Wildfire Preparedness Month in May. Each summer, as we look to the skies, smoke permeates the region from surrounding wildfires. A number of community partners and federal entities are working together to re-examine human relationships to fire. Join us in exploring the importance of prescribed fire and how the historical use of fire ties to the work moving forward.

Catching Fire is a full-length documentary telling the compelling story of how a small but committed group of local, tribal, state and federal land managers are bringing back the use of prescribed fire as a tool to protect communities and ecosystems across Northern California. Indigenous people have long understood that humans have a reciprocal relationship with the natural world. Traditional land management included burning to refresh and regenerate food, fiber, and medicinal plants and reduce the risk of more dangerous wildfires. This film examines the use of fire by the Karuk Tribe of California, and the connection between the rise of megafires across the West and the last century of fire suppression.

This film screening will be followed by a panel discussion. More information at


  • Occurred Thursday, May 13th, 2021 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Katy Rizzuti