Join Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), The Santa Clara County Fire Department and The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority 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. Panelists will include:
    • Peter Cowan, Director of Conservation Science at Peninsula Open Space Trust
    • Derek Neumann – Field Operations Manager at Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
    • Jason Falarski – Battalion Chief of the Santa Clara County Fire Department

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.

The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority conserves the natural environment, supports agriculture, and connects people to nature, by protecting open spaces, natural areas, and working farms and ranches for future generations. The Authority envisions the Santa Clara Valley and its surrounding hillsides as a beautiful place where a vibrant network of interconnected open spaces, trails, wildlife habitats, and thriving agricultural lands enrich the region’s cities and make it an exceptional and healthy place to live, work, learn, and play.

Established in 1947, the Santa Clara County Fire Department provides fire services for Santa Clara County, California (light green in the map below) and the communities of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga. The department also provides protection for the unincorporated areas adjacent to those cities. The department’s area of coverage is shown in dark green in the map below.




The event will be hosted at the Trianon Theatre, located at 72 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA 95112 .

Parking: Free parking for the theatre is available in the San Jose City Parking 4th & St John Garage across the street from the theatre during weekdays from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am and on weekends. You cannot enter the parking facility after 10:00pm. Parking on the lot adjacent to the theatre is not allowed. Parking is also available in other garages near the theatre, including the Fourth Street Garage on 4th street.

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