California’s Ecology of Fire – Wine & Spirits Magazine

California’s Ecology of Fire

A Perspective on the Conflagration in Wine Country


illustrations by: Ric Olson

The fires of October 2017 were the most catastrophic in California history. In a state where wildfires extract an annual toll on homes, lives, and property public and private, that’s saying something. At last count, in the course of ten days, 17 coterminous conflagrations had incinerated 250,000 acres; 5,700…

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This story appears in the print issue of December 2017.
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