Each coloring sheet is created from a real photograph. This photograph was taken by a wildland fire scientist and firefighter/firelighter named Dr. Sasha Berleman. It’s a great photo that shows the beauty that can come after a fire.
We hope you enjoyed coloring your sheet. How does it compare to the photo above? Does the photo make you think differently about the picture? Did you use different colors? We can’t wait to see everyone’s finished coloring, so be sure to share below or on social media (with your parent’s permission, of course)!
Many of our ecosystems have come to depend on fire to thrive. For example, some shrubs resprout after fire from the roots and some flowers have seeds that require fire to germinate a new population. Oftentimes, nutrients returned to the soil spur spectacular and vast blooms of native wildflowers, many species of which are rare or even fire-dependent themselves. Here is a video showing an area burned by the 2017 Thomas Fire in Southern California and some of the natural recovery that began that spring.
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