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The Southern California fires
The fundamentals don't change. Why should the fires?

Welcome to the Pyrocene.
A meditation on the 2016 Fort McMurray fire as a symbol of the two fires, one burning living landscapes and the other, lithic landscapes, that together define our era.

Fire Age
The Pleistocene's Ice Ages are seguing into the Anthropocene's Fire Age . A thumbnail history of fire on Earth and the role of fire's keystone species.

What do do with Smokey Bear?
Time to let him retire, with honor, and turn over the task to his cubs.

Pyne on fire - and other matters. On the west shore of Lake Baikal, Siberia, USSR, July 1991.