When you’re near enough to see or smell a wildfire, you might well find yourself thinking of Robert Frost’s “Some say the world will end in fire” – then hoping instead for a phoenix to rise out of the ashes. Equally terrifying and fascinating, wildfires are also surprisingly complicated, and there is so much written about them these days that it can be hard to know where to turn for good information.
So here are some thorough, informative, and engaging articles about them from the last few years, ordered so you can choose your focus.
On the links between climate change and wildfire (there are many):
- Climate Signals (in bullets and diagrams) and Yale Environment 360 (both on the effects of climate on fires)
- Inside Climate News (on the effects of fires on climate)
On the major longer-term changes we can expect to see in forests (these fires aren’t simply regenerative):
On wildfire behavior (still not well understood):
On how we need to deal with wildfires now (no simple solutions):
And, for the lighter side of a dark subject, on using border collies to help revegetate burned ground:
Also see: How wildfires hurt our health
This series is curated and written by retired Colorado State University English professor and close climate change watcher SueEllen Campbell of Colorado. Use the Twitter hashtag #ICYMIclimate to flag works you think warrant attention, or send an e-mail to ICYMI@yaleclimateconnections.org any time. Let us hear from you.