Two Years After Fire and Flood: A community conversation about the impacts of the Thomas fire and Jan. 9 debris flow

Two Years After Fire and Flood: A community conversation about the impacts of the Thomas fire and Jan. 9 debris flow

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A helicopter combats the Thomas Fire.

On Sunday, Jan. 26, UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, the Community Environmental Council, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, and the Santa Barbara Foundation will host a conversation led by local experts who will discuss the impacts of the Thomas fire and Jan. 9 debris flow – two years later. 

The event will be held from 3–5 p.m. in the Museum’s Fleischmann Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.  

A series of flash talks by professionals in the biological and social sciences will be followed by a moderated panel discussion and Q&A with experts and local policymakers.

In addition to the direct impact the local community experienced during the disasters, experts say ash from the fire and mud which relocated to beaches also affected the health of Santa Barbara's coast and channel.

The public will hear about the latest ongoing research assessing the extent of these impacts, and suggestions about how to improve response to future local disasters.

Confirmed experts include:

  • Sarah Anderson Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
  • Andy Brooks Ph.D., UC Natural Reserve System
  • Tom Fayram, Santa Barbara County Flood Control
  • Steven Gaines Ph.D., Dean, UC Santa Barbara, Bren School
  • Mauricio Gomez, South Coast Habitat Restoration
  • Brandon Steets P.E., Geosyntec Consultants
  • Ben Pitterle M.S., Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
  • Kim Selkoe Ph.D., National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
  • Sigrid Wright M.A., CEO, Community Environmental Council

For more information and to reserve free tickets, visit sbnature.org/community-conversation.

Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News. 

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