‘Plumtaw: A Future with Fire’ film premiere and panel discussion set for May 17


By Alex Handloff | Mountain Studies Institute

Fire is here to stay. It’s part of our lives in the West. But when was the last time you heard a hopeful story about it? 

In partnership with San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership, Christi Bode Skeie, environmental filmmaker, is premiering her new film, “Plumtaw: A Future with Fire,” which explores that very question, discussing what led to the fortuitous outcome of the Plumtaw Fire and how the Pagosa community can better prepare for future events. 

There are many things outside of our control — especially with a changing climate — but the film explores the aspects that we can control, namely preparedness, understanding and a sense of responsibility.

The screening will be followed by a panel of local experts and residents who will discuss the role of fire on the landscape and in our lives. The event will include a silent auction, and beer will be available. There is a $5 suggested cash donation.

The event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m on May 17, which is the one-year anniversary of the Plumtaw Fire. May is also National Wildfire Awareness Month.

It will be held at the Pagosa Center for the Arts, 2313 Eagle Drive.