Wildfires may prove calamitous to the affected biota, but at the same time, fires often leave paleoenvironmentally valuable records. The role of fire in earth sciences has been the subject of many articles ranging from the evolution of the atmosphere and the amount of available O2 required for combustion (e.g., Watson et al., 1978; Robinson, 1991; Chaloner, 1989; Scott, 2000; Berner et al., 2003) to the paleoecology of fire-influenced biota (e.g., Robinson, 1989, 1991; Clark and Robinson, 1993; Scott, 2000) and the debate over the origin of fusain (e.g., Scott...

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