On Sept. 6, 2010 the Fourmile Canyon Fire marked history as Colorado’s most destructive fire. One year later, the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History commemorates the fire with an exhibit focusing on fire science in Colorado’s Front Range. Learn about the important ecological role of fire and what happened during the Fourmile Canyon Fire. Discover the role that climate, landscape, and human factors play in affecting fire activity. See for yourself how scientists reconstruct the region’s fire history with trees scarred from past burns and repeat photography from the 1900s and present. Explore how the landscape changes following fire, and watch video interviews of firefighters, scientists, and local homeowners.
The exhibit will open Sept. 6, and it is free and open to the public. Visit University of Colorado Museum of Natural History website for museum hours and location information.
Meet the Scientist: Tom Veblen, PhD, professor of geography, will host a formal opening on Thursday, Sept.15 at 7 p.m. in the Paleontology Hall of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. A reception prior to the talk will begin at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Veblen and his students have been studying the data and research findings on long-term fire history in the region to create this public education program.