Dealing with the growing threat of wildfires
Fire has been a part of the Earth system for as long as there have been enough plants to fuel it – and it is a vital tool for the development of human society. But fire has gone from being useful to being a source of fear as we change the environment to suit our lives. Now, climate change threatens to alter the fire regimes that we are accustomed to even as we struggle with them.
In a changing system that’s increasing unpredictable, it’s time for us to rethink our understanding and relationship with wildfire.