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The University of Montana’s CoMotion Dance Project presented a dance performance called; +Fire Speaks the Land.  +This 50 minute performance is geared to K-6 students but has appeal for individuals aged1-101.  It is a 50 minute originally choreographed feature that also includes original narration and music to explain fire science, forest ecology and looks at Traditional American perspectives about fire.


The short trailer that I saw featured beautiful backdrops, the innovative use of a parachute, creative costumes, a cute look at a couple dousing a campfire and a view of the fire triangle.  It talked about fire having a place in forest ecology in a creative and engaging way for children.  This may be a good tool for families to engage small children in a discussion of wildfire that is not scary but rather help them develop a concept of the usefulness of fire in nature.

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Missoula schoolchildren learn fire science through interactive dance

Some parts of the United States are still digging out from snow and ice but in parts of California wildfire season has already begun. In Central California along the Eastern Sierra Mountains a devastating fire named the Round Fire burned through the communities of Swall Meadows and Paradise.  It started on Friday February 6th and about 150 residents were evacuated from their homes.  A total of 40 homes and outbuildings were destroyed.  This fire started near a highway 395 by Inyo and Mono Counties and was fanned by high winds and drought like conditions.  The fire consumed an area 11 square miles and firefighters were assisted by rains in containing the fire.  Residents were not able to return to their properties until the 11th of February in the late afternoon due to hazards created by the fire such as downed power lines.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This photo of burnt out vehicles and homes in Swall Meadows, California by Michele Rindelsap of the Daily News


According to the CAL FIRE Website :  “Residents will need to use extreme caution in and around damaged and destroyed homes.  Structural instability, hot ash pockets and fire weakened chimneys pose a risk for injury.  Hazardous chemicals may remain in the ash and soil.”

Our hearts go out to the residents of these communities.  It is hard losing items that may be irreplaceable or have sentimental value.  The valuable lesson is that there are no longer set fire seasons.  It is important to make Firewise improvements year round.

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!California wildfire destroys 40 homes, forces 150 to evacuate

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Round Fire Destroys 40 Homes in Sierra Nevada; 7,000 Acres Burned

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