Jackson County Library Services will present "The Magical Flame: Indian Use of Fire in Southwestern Oregon" as the next topic in its "Windows in Time" history series offered in partnership with the Southern Oregon Historical Society.
Lectures are at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., and Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.
Jeff LaLande, who worked for more than 30 years with the U.S. Forest Service as an archaeologist and historian, will discuss the ecological importance of Indian-set fires in past centuries and how the lack of "anthropogenic fire" has affected present-day forests and grasslands.
The free lunchtime lecture series occurs monthly on the first and second Wednesdays throughout the year. For more information, visit www.jcls.org.