In the beginning, fire burned the world. Don Hankins’ Plains Miwok ancestors passed on this understanding of fire through generations, and he draws from it as a traditional cultural practitioner pyrogeographer when burning landscapes in California.
How does wildfire ash affect the organisms in our waterways? Since plankton form the foundation of our coastal ecosystems, what happens if their equilibrium is disrupted?
Smoke changes as it ages, with implications for human health.
What does it even mean to live in a fire-risk zone now?
One million acres. It seems an astounding number for a single fire. Even many fire scientists, who know full well that fire belongs in these forests, struggled to contain their surprise at how large the August Complex fire in the … Read more
Burns have varied in intensity throughout the Bay Area, leading to different ecological effects.
To prevent megafires, we need more fire. But that also means learning more about smoke.
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. What is driving the wildfires that are ravaging California, Oregon and Washington? President Trump and state officials have offered sharply different views. Trump asserts … Read more
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. On Sept. 9, many West Coast residents looked out their windows and witnessed a post-apocalyptic landscape: silhouetted cars, buildings and people bathed in an … Read more
I write from a place of love, but also a place of pain. A place of excruciating unknowing. A place of imagination – imagining the worst, imagining the best, imagining change of a sort I’ve never encountered before in my … Read more