The 2013 Rim Fire, the largest wildland fire ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada region, is still fresh in the minds of Californians, as is the urgent need to bring forests back to a more resilient condition.
GR: We have hypothesized for many years that fire is a natural, even a necessary, part of stable forests/shrublands. But here we have a test that falsifies the hypothesis. Perhaps we shouldn’t apply a single hypothesis to spatiotemporally complex forests and fires.
Why aren’t there more tests? Should we be checking on the results of controlled and accidental fires to see if the results match our predictions?