From “California Wildfires Rip Through Parched Land,” to “Wildfires Force Thousands to Evacuate in Southern France,” to “Devastating Wildfire Can Be Seen from Space,” news headlines around the world reveal a new reality of devastating megafires. This summer, California’s Detwiler Fire burned over 80,000 acres and crept uncomfortably close to Yosemite National Park. In Canada, military aircrafts were called in to battle flames that ravaged British Columbia and forced the evacuation of nearly 40,000 people. Megafires like these loom as costly and potentially deadly threats—and insist on a radical new way of thinking about forests, wildfires, and our relationship to the natural world.
In Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future, journalist and explorer Edward Struzik offers a page-turning examination of wildfires in the age of climate change. With verity and heart, it points to the ways that we, and the wilder inhabitants of our forests, might yet flourish in an age of megafires.
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