Landscapes of Fire

 Instructions The first part is about fire ecology and landscapes in general and the second part about the fires in California. Explore the Resources. In the Resources section there is a list of websites that have good high-level information about landscapes and fire. Study them to understand the breadth and basics of the topic. Objectives Fire is one of the most common keystone processes on landscapes. It can be natural or anthropogenic. Furthermore, human alteration of landscapes can impact fire ecology. Landscapes of Fire can be grasslands, chaparral, savannas, or forests. Key Concepts: Fire ecology, Fire adapted landscape, Fire suppression, Dendrology, Phenology, Vulnerability, Climate impacts on fire, and Reflective practice Resources Article on historical approach to landscape fire: Questions: 1. Landscapes of Fire After studying the resources, what is one piece of new knowledge that surprised or intrigued you about landscapes and fire? 2. Journal Club Locate, citate and draw lessons from a peer-reviewed article on fire and landscape. There are dozens of journals that might have relevant articles. You may use Google Scholar or a search engine of your choice and play with the keywords. To give you an idea of how big this topic is — if you put “landscape” and “fire” into Google Scholar, it will return 2.34 million results. You may look at any aspect of fire and landscape that interests you. Some examples might be: a particular landscape, a landscape type (e.g. longleaf pines), a historical fire (e.g. Great Yellowstone of 1988), controlled burning, fire and indigenous cultures, the role of accelerated climate change on wildland fire, wildlife response to fire, human response to fire, or thousands of other themes. What lessons are there to be had about landscapes and fire? 3. Camp Fire Tragically the Camp Fire, which is contained but as of this writing still burning in California, has proven to the costliest and most deadly fire in California history. Let’s see what we can find out about it. What can we learn from the Camp Fire case study about landscapes, humans, and fire? Contribute to answers to these questions. You do not have to provide an exhaustive answer for each question. Rather pick some aspect of the topic and report on that. Photos and sources are important. * What was the condition of the landscape before the Camp Fire? How did it get that way? * How did the Camp Fire spread? * How bad was the damage from the Camp Fire? Why was it so bad? * What are the implications between landscape fires like the Camp Fire and accelerated climate change?