Brian Doyle, who died on May 27, 2017, considers the capacity of the heart—including his own. Rest in peace.
As the largest wildfire in California history grows, threatening Yosemite National Park, it might seem tempting to ascribe the phenomena only to climate change. But as Stephen J. Pyne reminds us in his essay, “Passing the Torch,” for centuries megafires have resulted from a confluence of climate, land use, and human interaction. And unfortunately for Yosemite, “big parks become permanent habitats for fire; left to themselves they will burn.”