Megafires | Paul Smith | Mark Twain | Sue de Beer

The by-product of drought and human error, extreme fires are rampant in Arizona, threatening the safety of plants and animals in the Mountainside Ponderosa forests. In the last century, people have attempted to save inhabited parts by putting out all small fires. This lets shrubs, needles, twigs and low hanging foliage collect and span the area. To avoid these large flames people need to have a counter balance with fire, allowing them to run their course. We’re interdicting an important way that the ecosystems work. Fire areas in red.

Paul Smith RTW Fall 2011


‘Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself.’ -Mark Twain

Gina V. d’Orio (Forest), (2006) By Sue de Beer