20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Fire on the ground

Stoney Timmons and Martin Duncan, members of the Robinson Rancheria Eastern Pomo, put the first fire on the ground during a prescribed fire in southern Lake County, California. These grasslands are being rid of invasive species and restored to the way they were before mining and cattle grazing changed this area. Fire was an important tool for Native Americans and its use is increasing to manage invasive species and to prevent larger, more destructive wild fires. The burns typically take place in the fall after some rain has fallen allowing the practitioners more control over the fire.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Morgan Valley, California, United States of America
Camera: DC-S5
Copyright: © David Elkins