Burning Wild exhibit to open December 19 at San Bernardino County Museum

By on December 14, 2017
San Bernardino County Museum

Although the Thomas Fire continues to rage through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, straining state, federal and local resources and threatening homes, businesses and entire communities, fire – in and of itself – is not always bad. A new exhibit, “Burning Wild,” is scheduled to open December 19 at the San Bernardino (SBC) Museum. The exhibit invites visitors to explore the human relationship with wildfire that has continuously evolved.

“Native Americans recognized that fire played an important role in maintaining ecological balances,’ said Tamara Serrao-Leiva, SBC Museum’s curator of anthropology. “Over time, with the expansion of the built environment, this relationship has been reinterpreted. Fire prevention, fire suppression, Hazard reduction – all these factors have been both championed and discredited. In “Burning Wild” we ask museum guests to think about the human/wildfire interface and be inspired to advocate for responsible conversation.”

The upcoming exhibit will be located in the museum’s Hall of Biodiversity and will continue into Fall 2018. The interdisciplinary exhibit will encompass both cultural and biological perspectives. Archival materials, historical objects, interactive elements and photographs will allow visitors to become immersed in the story of wildfire with emphasis on the Inland Empire.

The SBC Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military personnel or seniors, $7 for students, and $5 children ages 5 to 12. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities and parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum.