Join Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), San Mateo County, CAL FIRE and the San Mateo County Parks Foundation for a free movie screening and discussion of local efforts to manage open space and forest lands to reduce fire risk. In the film Wilder than Wild, filmmakers take us on a journey from the Rim Fire of 2013 to the Wine Country wildfires of 2017. This exploration reveals how fire suppression and climate change have exposed our forests and wildland-urban landscapes to large, high-severity wildfires and also explores strategies to mitigate future disasters. We’ll then have a panel discussion on local efforts to manage open space and forest lands to reduce fire risk.


  • Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Come early to meet other nature lovers and representatives of local conservation organizations.
  • The film will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. The film’s run time is 60 minutes.
  • A panel discussion will follow the film. Experts from local agencies will discuss their efforts to manage fuel loads and reduce fire risk on our open space and wild lands.

This event is part of POST’s community event series. These events are open to the general public and POST donors alike, and we hope you will join us! We also curate a separate series of private events for our donor community. Find out more about how you can support POST here:

About the Film

WILDER THAN WILD: Fire, Forests and the Future is a documentary that reveals how fuel build-up and climate change have exposed Western wildlands to large, high-intensity wildfires, while greenhouse gases released from these fires contribute to global warming. This vicious cycle jeopardizes our forests and affects us all with extreme weather and more wildfires, some of which are now entering highly populated wildland-urban areas.

Highlighting these issues with personal experience, filmmaker Kevin White takes us on a journey from the Rim Fire of 2013, which burned 257,000 acres in the central Sierra, to the wine country wildfires of 2017, which destroyed 9,000 buildings and killed 44 people. Along the way, we learn how the proactive use of prescribed fire can reduce reliance on reactive fire suppression, we see a California tribe renew their tradition of cultural fire, and we meet stakeholder groups working with scientists and resource managers to build consensus on how to restore and manage the lands we love and depend on.

Peninsula Open Space Trust protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since 1977, POST has protected over 76,000 acres in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties.

San Mateo County Parks operate 22 separate parks, encompassing over 16,000 acres, and 190 miles of county and local trails, including three regional trails. Parks are located throughout the County and represent a wide variety of natural settings including a coastside marine reserve, a bayside recreational area, coastal mountain woodland areas, and urban sites.

The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection serves and safeguards the people and protects the property and resources of California.

San Mateo County Parks Foundation inspires people to care for, learn about and enjoy our parks. The Foundation was established to provide additional financial support for the recreational, environmental and educational programs and projects of the San Mateo County Department of Parks.



The event will be hosted at the Hillsdale High School Theatre located at 3115 Del Monte St, San Mateo, CA 94403. Parking is located along 31st Avenue and Del Monte Street on both sides of the High School. The theatre is located near the center of the high school. More information will be provided to guests who register in advance of the event.


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