Waking Up to Wildfires

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In Waking Up to Wildfires, Emmy-winning filmmaker Paige Bierma uses her camera to tell the stories of people most affected by the 2017 North Bay wildfires. We hear from survivors, firefighters, public health officials, community groups – and the scientists who are trying to make sense of it all while people struggle to recover and new fires erupt.

The UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) produced Waking Up to Wildfires with a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to help shed light on the plight of communities after these types of disasters.

So many wildfire survivors have contacted us wanting to see Waking Up to Wildfires, we're now showing the film to audiences in a variety of ways.  Bookmark this page for webisode updates, events, new research findings and other announcements related to the work EHSC is doing around wildfires. 

Upcoming Waking Up to Wildfires screenings and events

  • May to July 2019: The Waking Up to Wildfires web series begins, with a new webisode every Monday at 1 PM through mid-July.
  • October 2019: PBS will air a 30-minute version of the film on the 2-year anniversary of the 2017 North Bay wildfires.

Audiences love the film

On November 4, 2018, EHSC held a special screening event for survivors and community members at the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma, California. After the screening, we asked the audience what they thought about the film. Below are some highlights.

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