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Somewhere Between Culture and Nature - Forest Fires


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One Thursday (weeks ago) was the first time that a forest fire spread itself near our town. It was still far enough not to get worried, but the fire nearly reached the boundaries of remote urbanizations; only 50 to 100 meters more down where the first houses were located.

The fire started around seven in the evening and was controlled at about four in the following morning. When I visited the place on Saturday, bits and pieces of the soil was still smoking. There was no more danger an official said. He also explained that the fire was probably provoked. It had started at three or more places and at this time at the evening there was no longer air support. “A calculated action, " they thought.

Whether the fire was really the work of a pyromane remains to be verified, but chances are likely: statistics often point in that way.

The link between culture and nature in case of forest fires lies in their location close to urban areas. In the Amazon large areas of forest have been burned to facilitate agriculture.
Another link of this kind is between human error in the widest sense and forest fires. More people that live near forests will increase the chance of fires.

Climate change is also on the edge between nature and nurture. In the south of Spain land turns massively into desert which is a process where humans play a decisive role: more provoked fires increases the rate in which this happens . . .

H. J. B.

© 2008 Hans Bool


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