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Coe’s Fire Followers

October 01, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn

The 2007 Lick Fire was a firestorm that consumed 47,000 acres, most of it in Henry W. Coe State Park, east of Gilroy. Just days after the fire, park volunteers were on the scene. Two years later the "fire followers" of Coe Park are still at it, and even in the face of park budget cuts, they hope to keep their research going for years to come.

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Fire on the Mountain

October 01, 2009 by John Muir Laws

A year after fire burned through two canyons on San Bruno Mountain, artist Jack Laws visited to see how different fire intensities left their mark on the plants of Buckeye and Owl canyons.

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Forged by Fire

October 01, 2009 by Lester Rowntree

We know that wildfire is a key part of the ecology of the Bay Area and has played a major role in shaping our landscapes. Yet it's simply not possible to let fires burn naturally in an urban region such as ours. But just to the south, the 240,000-acre Ventana Wilderness near Big Sur is large and remote enough to allow for the return of a natural fire regime. That's what has happened over the past 30 years as a series of lightning-ignited wildfires has helped shape both a living laboratory of fire ecology and an increasingly diverse landscape.

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The Making of a Naturalist’s Notebook

September 01, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn

Watch artist Jack Laws as he illustrates a page about fire on SanBruno Mountain for the October-December 2009 issue of ...

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Book Review: Introduction to Fire in California

October 01, 2008 by Laura Hautala

by David Carle, UC Press, 2008, 236 pages, $18.95 This year’s record fire season made it undeniable: Fire is a ...

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Wildfire in California

October 01, 2008 by Aleta George

On the first day of summer, a thunderstorm crackled across much of California. Eight thousand lightning strikes ignited over 2,000 ...

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The Bright Side of Fire

September 05, 2008 by Sue Rosenthal

Hot days and a dry year mean major fire danger in the Bay Area. But many plants are adapted to fire, and some even need it to reproduce. Even so, there's a lot we don't know about the natural rhythms of fire.

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Fire Ecology Resources

July 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Organizations The California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) fosters the creation of local and county Fire Safe councils; they provide information ...

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A Landscape Renewed by Fire

July 01, 2005 by Geoffrey Coffey

Enter the woods on Inverness Ridge and pause for a moment to listen. Natural history weaves itself into stories for ...

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Getting Burned

July 01, 2005 by Geoffrey Coffey

Fire dwells deep in the human psyche. It is among the oldest of words, the most elemental of tools, and ...

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