Ep. 35 Learning About Wildfires: Talking With A Wildfire Firefighter

According to National Geographic, a wildfire is an uncontrolled fire that burns in the wildland vegetation, often in rural areas. Wildfires can burn in forests, grasslands, savannas, and other ecosystems and have been doing so for hundreds of millions of years.

NG mentions that while many plants and animals need and benefit from wildfires, climate change has left some ecosystems more susceptible to flames, especially in the southwest United States. Warmer temperatures have intensified drought and dried out forests. The historical practice of putting out all fires has also caused an abnormal buildup of shrubs and debris, fuel more extensive and more intense blazes. 

Continue with NG wildfires are essential to the continued survival of some plant species. For example, some tree cones need to be heated before they open and release their seeds; chaparral plants, which include manzanita, chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum), and scrub oak (Quercus berberidifolia), require fire before seeds will germinate

All this and in addition to the fact that we were in the wildfires season I decided to invite George LoCascio, a wildfire firefighter.

George is sharing with us interesting insights :

  • How he become in a wildfire firefighter
  • What is a wildfire, and how start, is it a seasonal thing?
  • How is inside of a wildfire
  • How works the firefighter teams inside
  • What is the relationship between wildfires and climate change

Enjoy this interesting conversation

Sounds and image

Researchers capture video inside a raging forest fire