Fire has become primarily either a tool to clear-cut forests or, in many cases, a political weapon often wielded falsely in a struggle among environmentalists, forest product industries, housing developers, politicians.
Those fossil fuels themselves are concentrated deposits of trees and other life forms from millions of years ago. So fire is clearly at the heart of human civilization. How do we respond to this dramatic science lesson from Mother Earth?
The understanding that fire is a natural part of the cycle of death and rebirth, not just a force of destruction, really is a zone of transition where something old dies and something new is born. This is what climate change is more broadly bringing to this moment on earth, a time of collapse and devastation, yes, but also a path towards something new.