The Dixie fire is almost out, but its inhospitable ‘moonscapes’ remain

The Dixie fire is almost out, but its inhospitable ‘moonscapes’ remain

Severe wildfires are making the recovery process for plants and animals more challenging, sometimes for years after the flames

After more than two months, the battle to contain the Dixie fire – a behemoth blaze that swept nearly 1m acres, leveling mountain towns and blackening the conifer-covered landscape – is nearing its end.

But even after the fire crews pack up, threats remain for the plants and animals that call this area home. Scientists are warning that the severity of today’s wildfires is making the recovery process increasingly challenging, sometimes for years after the flames are put out.

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