Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Fire Ecology

I was doing some reading on fire ecology and came across this remarkable set of images captured by USGS researchers at the Western Ecological Research Center using motion-triggered cameras to study bobcats and other carnivores.

Some of the camera stations were within the 2007 Santiago Fire that burned in Orange County. The photos and explanatory captions below tell the story as events unfolded at one particular camera site, where the camera and its images survived intact, providing this inside view immediately before, during, and after the fire. This is as close as you want to get to actually being inside a wildfire.....

The USGS WERC site is a good source of information on fire ecology in the western United States.

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