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Photographer Rob Badger stands in the smoke among burned trees and shrubs after a back burn was set to stop the advance of the Zaca Fire which had been burning for two months in Los Padre National Forest, Santa Barbara County, California. After 100 Years of Human Fire Suppression that Prevented the Natural Rhythms of Burning and Regeneration, Flames from the Zaca Wildfire, 2007, Have Cleared Out Decades of Overgrown Areas and Allowed the Landscape to Return to Its Normal Cycle of Plant Succession in an Area Habituated to Thousands of Years of Naturally Caused Fires. Los Padres National Forest, California,

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