Packed house for 'Science on Tap' lecture on Eagle Creek Fire

More than 900 firefighters are working to contain the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge, which broke out September 2 and is believed to have been started by a 15-year-old with fireworks. (Photo courtesy Multnomah County Communications taken 9-11-2017)

More than 300 people came out to the Alberta Rose Theater in Northeast Portland on Wednesday night for a unique blend of brews and science.

"It's a full house," said Amanda Thomas, the organizer of the "Science on Tap," lecture series.

The topic was the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge, a topic that hits home for many locals.

A hydrologist from the USGS spoke to the crowd. He was part of the BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) team that went in to survey the aftermath of the massive wildfire.

The team is made up of scientists who specialize in risk analysis. Some people in the crowd were even taking notes.

Thomas said the whole idea is to make learning about science an enjoyable experience.

"Science is for everybody, it's everywhere. Obviously this topic is related to something near-and-dear to many Portlanders' hearts -the Gorge - and there's so much science going on in that, that people want to know about," said Thomas.

She said the beer component may knock down barriers to those who might not otherwise think of coming to an event like this.

Their next event is April 24 about the neuroscience behind psychopathy. It's currently sold out.

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