Who could fail to admire the weeds? Especially weeds impervious to weeding, weeds we make war on, weeds that persist no matter how many times they get pulled up by the roots and pitched. Outside my house there’s a parking strip, a city-owned expanse of dirt between sidewalk and curb, that I have endeavored to grace with a garden. Ha ha. I am a sporadic and inattentive gardener, and the weeds know it.
Today’s fires do not burn as those of the past did; they have to accommodate more than a century of human-wrought changes.
Take a closer look at fire than you ever have before.
In “Passing the Torch,” Stephen J. Pyne explains why the eons-old truce between humans and fire has burst into an age of megafires, and what can be done about it.