Historical and current perspectives on wildland fires, ecology, and fire-suppression in the United States, written by a nonbinary former hotshot.
Created 09 Mar 2020
  • Weekly Aggregation
    17 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Hi Y’all, lots going on this week! All links are below, but first I want to let you know that I’ve got three interviews coming up and each one will be sent out Sunday morning. Don’t hesitate to ask qu...
  • Weekly Aggregation
    10 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    Hey there: this weekly missive is free. I work really hard on this newsletter and each dispatch takes two to twenty hours. Please consider becoming a paid subscriber. If you cannot afford to pay, but ...
  • Thoughts from a Karuk Research Ecologist on Fire and Ecology
    09 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    I was first going to interview Frank K. Lake pre-pandemic, when I was in the UK, but because of our conflicting schedules we missed each other several times. Finally I got to sit down over Zoom and as...
  • Why Don't We Just Wrap Every House in Protective Foil? (and more realistic ways to protect your home in a wildfire)
    03 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 3 2
    If you’re enjoying FIRES please consider becoming a paid subscriber and supporting my work, and please share this post widely. It really helps! Share This question is quite relevant, seeing that this ...
  • A New Weekly Schedule and an Introduction
    29 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Improperly carrying my pulaski (attached to a gas can) and for some reason without my hard hat, Yukon Charley Preserve, AK. Hello! My name’s Stacy (they/them) and I am a former hotshot who is currentl...
  • Is Fire Retardant Causing Hotter, more Volatile Wildfires?
    27 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 2
    I remember the first time I encountered slurry on a fire. I was working as a hotshot and we were right up against the flank of a fire in Southern California. My ears were stuffed with small orange foa...
  • Oregon Before Fire Suppression
    22 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 3 5
    Hello! Thank you so much for hanging in here with me. I’m sorry this took longer than predicted to come out, but I’ll be real: I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis a couple months ago and, well, ...
  • Coming Thursday: Pre-Fire Suppression in Oregon
    12 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 3
    Hello Friends! Welcome to Fires. I have lots of new subscribers this week and I am so grateful you’re here. Fires is reader-supported, so please consider becoming a paid subscriber. Subscribe now Good...
  • Have Questions About Fire? Ask me.
    02 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 5
    Fires is a newsletter funded by its readers. The more money I have to make this newsletter great, the greater it will be! Currently I am trying to fund access to Getty Images and scholarly articles— b...
  • What was California like Before Fire Suppression? Part Two
    01 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    FIRES is a newsletter powered by subscribers. Please consider a paying subscription. If that’s not possible for you, please share this newsletter. Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Point, 1879. C.E. Wa...
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