08 Aug '18, 4pm

What Wildfires Do to Our Minds

What Wildfires Do to Our Minds

A sign of resilience posted on a tree in a fire-destroyed neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California. Getty Images What Wildfires Do to Our Minds By Dani Burlison It's late spring, and I'm hiking Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Sonoma County with therapist, ecopsychologist, and California naturalist Mary Good. A mist is drifting down, and we have the park mostly to ourselves. In October 2017, 80 percent of Sugarloaf's 3,900 acres of oak woodlands were scorched by the firestorms in California's North Bay. But today, most of what stretches out before us is green and vibrant, brushed with the last signs of a wildflower superbloom that erupted from the ash earlier this spring. A dozen miles west in Santa Rosa, contractors are rebuilding some of the more than 5,000 homes destroyed there. The last of 2.2 million tons of fire debris has been hauled away from the 383 square miles of cha...

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