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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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Book Review: Firescaping

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Firescaping: Creating Fire-Resistant Landscapes, Gardens, and Properties in California’s Diverse Environments, by Douglas Kent, Wilderness Press, 2005, 149 pages, $18.95 ...

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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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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2006 by David Loeb

When I moved out to San Francisco from New York City in late 1973, it was mostly for love. But ...

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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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Fire on the Ridge

July 01, 2005 by Sim Van der Ryn

On a clear January day in 2005, I took a walk up from my house on the east slope of ...

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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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Out of the Flames

July 01, 2005 by Bay Nature Staff

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.

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Penetrating the Chaparral

April 01, 2003 by Gordy Slack

Though it's the most extensive natural habitat in California, chaparral's brambly ways discourage human visitors. Still, plenty of wildlife finds sanctuary in its tangled, brushy universe, as do the dormant seeds of wildflowers as they await the inevitable next fire, forceful sculptor of this complex landscape.

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Fire Lecture

January 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Fire played a critical role in shaping Bay Area ecosystems in pre-settlement times, moving through the landscape unabated by anything ...

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