How to maximize Good Fire? – NW California and Oregon Fires 9/5/2023

Over the past 3 weeks, lightning has ignited many fires in NW California and Western Oregon and several have become large. Rain knocked most of these fires down over the first few days of September, but even before then, the majority of the fire effects on these fires were low-moderate severity and ecologically beneficial. We’ll take a quick tour of current fire behavior and then dive into our topic for the day: How can we get more ‘good fire’ on the ground in our wildlands? It’s complex, but the geography and fire history of NW California offers some insights.

Cover Photo: Aja Conrad – Somes Bar, CA

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Cover photo by Aja Conrad.