Living with Smoke:

Lessons from the Chinchaga Fire

The unprecedented scale and frequency of wildfire in the northern hemisphere has made smoke a seasonal occurrence in skies around the world. Over the last decade, ash regularly drifted from fires in Canada into northern Europe, altering forecasts on both continents, settling in Antarctic ice, and accelerating glacial melt rates. Although climate change has exacerbated smoke events in the twenty-first century, smoke seasons lie within a longer history of human-smoke interaction (wild and domestic) stretching back into deep time…

Living with Smoke: Lessons from the Chinchaga Fire was written by Mica Jorgenson and Hugh Goldring. It is based on a wide reading of published research on wildfire, smoke pollution, and prescribed burning. You can find a list of sources on the bibliography page.

Art by Nicole Marie Burton. Find more of Hugh and Nicole’s graphic art at Petroglyph Studios.