Ethan Turpin was born in Santa Barbara County, one of the most flammable places on Earth.  Working as an independent video producer and media artist since 1999, his documentaries and immersive exhibits have shown in film festivals and museums internationally, spanning topics such as water quality and wildlife.  Ethan is a fireline-trained and press-credentialed photographer specializing in incidents for various media affiliates.  He may often be found in the hills checking out his favorite native plants before, during, and after fire.

The Burn Cycle Project started as a design and production service in 2013 to help grow understanding of wildfire’s risks, roles, and behaviors. It offers immersive and interactive media experiences for both professionals and residents living near fire-lands. The content is generated through collaborations with fire services, scientists, artists, journalists, and educators, for exhibition in public spaces.

The Santa Barbara Fire Safe Council is lucky to have talented people involved with our local organization. Ethan is one of those people and he gave a great presentation about The Burn Cycle Project at the October 22, 2020 Virtual Fire Safe Council meeting.