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Wildfire Cycles and Resilience

Fear of fire is a colonial legacy, and in the contiguous US the practice was largely halted with the arrival of the Spanish.  Blinded by an unquestioned commitment to European worldviews and the belief in natural hierarchy, settlers saw fire as a purely destructive force. However, controlled burns and naturally occurring wildfires were, and continue to be, a means of renewal and a catalyst for seeds embedded in cycles of burning for their subsequent rejuvenation. Indigenous peoples have long understood the use of fire as an important tool in maintaining critical resources.

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