As California gets warmer and drier, wildfire season is getting longer, and more frightening. However, the truth is wildfires have been an essential part of Western landscapes for millennia. Understanding their integral role is essential to maintaining balance of living with wildfire, rather than viewing it as an enemy that must be defeated. In a recent blog post featured on Tabletop Whale, Eleanor Lutz has done an extraordinary job of reminding us what wildfire does to help sustain our delicate ecosystem.

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Firescape 1Living with Wildfire:  Surviving the forest wildfires of California                                                                                          “Most people tend to think about natural events from mostly a human perspective—like how forest fires or flooding affect        you—but this other perspective is really interesting too,” Lutz says