Become a
Fire Follower
California's biodiversity is forged in fire.
Help us capture this fleeting phenomenon.
With your help, we can compare plants seen before and after fires, increase understanding of fire followers, and provide crucial information on species of concern to aid in recovery and conservation efforts.
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A glorious fire poppy (Papaver californicum), an emblematic fire follower.
Photo: Mike Palladini / Land Trust of Napa County

Current Challenge:
The April Flowers Challenge

The April Flowers Challenge is happening now through Friday, April 30. The person who makes the most plant observations in April will be rewarded with a legendary Fire Followers shirt! The winner will be announced the following week on May 7th, so don't forget to upload your observations by the end of the day on Friday!
How to be a Fire Follower

Know before you go
Burn areas can be hazardous. Read through our 3 Know Before You Go guidelines before heading out.

Visit open sites safely
Once you’ve determined a safe and open burn area, you’re ready to adventure! Be sure you’re prepared with these tips and tricks.

Take a picture
Take a picture of what you find. Be sure to note the location of the plant.

Share your observations through our iNaturalist project

Can't make it out to the field? There are many other ways to get involved.
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Project Goals

Observations of plants in California burn areas


Fire followers (the human variety) participating in the project

Fire Literacy

Revive and share a language that reflects the richness of California’s relationship with fire


Make 250 plant observations for the Fire Followers iNaturalist project and receive this custom sticker and the Fire Followers lapel pin!

Lapel Pin

Make 250 plant observations for the Fire Followers iNaturalist project and receive this lapel pin and the Fire Followers sticker!


Make 500 plant observations on the California Fire Followers iNaturalist project and receive this t-shirt!

Reach 250 or 500 plant observations? Contact us to get your prizes!
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