Forest fires in the White Mountains are not common, but under the right conditions occur and are often difficult to suppress. In 1903 over 85,000 acres of the White Mountain region burned in an outbreak of multiple fires in logging slash and cut-over mountainsides. Entire communities were threatened, and the lack of an organized suppression effort led to growing calls for forest protection and conservation. Former U.S. Forest Service fire management officer David Govatski will look at historic fires from the 1800’s and early 1900’s and more recent forest fires such as the Lucy Brook, Covered Bridge and Dilly Forest Fires. He’ll discuss the effects of forest fires in the ecosystem, prescribed burning, fire prevention and detection, fire weather, and more complex issues such as adequate federal funding to manage forest fires under a changing climate.