By on April 1, 2020

Today’s Coloring Sheet: Sagebrush and Fire

The Photograph:

Each coloring sheet is created from a real photograph. This photo was taken by a wildland firefighter named Benjamin Carstens from the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA. It’s a great photo that shows how to use an existing road as a control line on a fire.

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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)!

How does prescribed fire help ecosystems?

While some wildland fire can be destructive, other wildland fire can be incredibly good for nature and people alike. Did you know that most of the nature that we love so much actually needs fire to thrive? It does. And that’s where prescribed (or controlled) fires come into play. Prescribed fires are planned and implemented by experts who are using fire as a tool. In the case of sagebrush ecosystems, like in this picture, when trees begin to encroach on sagebrush and steppe vegetation, it changes the plant life, soils, and animal life in the whole area. So, depending on the situation, sometimes the best thing to do is use controlled fire to reestablish the proper vegetation – and that can make all of the plants, animals, and soils happy. We call that #goodfire!

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