Brian Fies keynote

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Brian Fies, a writer and artist who survived the Tubbs Fire in California in 2017, displays images from his graphic novel about the fire at the Colorado Wildland Fire Conference on Thursday in Grand Junction.

The Colorado Wildland Fire Conference wrapped up Thursday after three days of regional fire professionals sharing stories and strategies for addressing the increasing fire risks in the west.

Brian Fies, a writer and artist who survived the Tubbs Fire in California, gave one of two keynote addresses at the conference. Fies, who produced a graphic novel about that fire, described his experiences in fleeing the fire, drawing his experiences and what it was like to lose his home.