" data-rel="prettyPhoto">Smoke from the Vision Fire billows over Inverness Ridge (seen here from across Tomales Bay) on the afternoon of October 3, 1995.Photo by Richard Blair, www.richardblair.com.

Out of the Flames: Point Reyes Ten Years After the Vision Fire


On October 3, 1995, a wildfire erupted on Mount Vision at Point Reyes National Seashore. Before the flames were extinguished a week later, 12,000 acres of this popular park had been scorched, and 45 nearby homes burned to the ground. A decade later, we return to Point Reyes for a lesson in local fire ecology to see how the landscape, and the community, were reshaped and renewed by the blaze.