The Burning started early this year. Maybe Bright is in a maximum phase, nobody really knows for sure. Maybe it’s Pinhole that’s the culprit, though nobody gives that theory much credence. Hell, maybe there just wasn’t quite as much rain.
We took to the tunnels, with as much as we could carry in our arms and on our backs. We left a lot behind. No matter: in four weeks the Burning will be over, and in nine weeks after that the local flora will be poking through the blackened soil again. This time we probably won’t bother planting any Earthlife.