People influence how fires burn in the Sierra Nevadas

People influence how fires burn in the Sierra Nevadas

Human activity -- Native American controlled burns, Spanish mission practices, 49er gold miner land use and modern forestry practices -- played a large roll in California fire regimes  in the Sierra Nevadas, according to Alan Taylor, professor of geography, Penn State.  The types of fires and the amount of land burned changed through time depending on whether Native Americans burned areas of forest for their use creating a patchwork of available surface fuel, or, as in modern times, suppressed fire and allowed fuel to build up on the forest floor. 

C Roy Parker