How Fires--Even Big Ones--Help Forests

Jul 2, 2015

Fire season has already begun, with the usual discussions of which fires are burning where, and how big.

Happy Camp Fire, 2014.
Credit Kari Greer | California Interagency Incident Management Team

Scientist Dominick DellaSala of the GEOS Institute is less concerned with individual fires than with the overall approach to wildfire. 

We know fire is a normal part of life processes in any forest. 

But it may be that even the more intense fires--the ones often labeled "catastrophic"--are natural and necessary. 

Dominick DellaSala and Chad Hanson of the John Muir Project are co-editors of a book on the importance of mixed-severity fires.

They visits with his thinking on the subject.