Join us as award-winning journalist and CMCI instructor Michael Kodas shares insights about the causes and consequences of megafires and how communities remain resilient and recover from the impacts of this destructive force. Kodas has conducted extensive interviews with firefighters, incident command teams, resource managers, policymakers, scientists and citizens. Kodas' investigation has taken him from a season on a Rockies fire crew, to tragedies in Australia, Arizona and beyond, to record-breaking fire seasons back home in Colorado.
Michael Kodas writes about megafires in his award-winning book Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame, where he describes the rising phenomenon of these increasingly widespread, severe and destructive forest fires from the perspective of the people and communities who have experienced them. Kodas is deputy director of the Center for Environmental Journalism, which is part of CU Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information. He has spent 30 years as a photojournalist, reporter, author and videographer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Newsweek and on the CBS Evening News, PBS Newshour, National Public Radio, Dateline NBC and National Geographic News Watch. For more information, visit Kodas' website.