Wildfire

As Earth warms, we will have to learn to live with more destructive wildfires. There’s much we don’t yet understand, and so scientists and land managers are working to figure out what to do both before and after the fires.

Not all wildfires are fueled mainly by natural vegetation, but for those that are, prescribed burns are one important tool. Easier said than done, as these three excellent articles make clear:

Once a wildfire is out, it now seems, natural vegetation isn’t always regenerating the way it used to. See these two pieces:

The short answer to the question in this last title may well now be yes. But there’s a longer answer: It’s still unsettled.


This series is curated and written by retired Colorado State University English professor and close climate change watcher SueEllen Campbell of Colorado. To flag works you think warrant attention, send an e-mail to her any time. Let us hear from you.

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