October 4, 2019 — In the two years since the Redwood Complex fire, survivors have been hard at work rebuilding their lives and grappling with what it means to live in a world where massive wildfires are now a part of life, for what seems like the greater part of the year.
Mori Natura is a local author and fire survivor who taught fermentation, grew biodynamic gardens, and raised goats in Redwood Valley before the fire changed everything. Last night Natura was at the Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah, reading from the recently published novel, Wildfire Weeds. Natura hopes the book conveys messages about the importance of living on the land with integrity, the place of fire on the landscape, and how to maintain hope in a literary climate that favors visions of a dystopian future. We sat down after the reading for a few reflections on this literary debut.