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1. Fire Weather: A Guide for Application
2. Forest Fire
3. Fire Ecology of Pacific Northwest
4. Principles of Forest Fire Management
5. Fire in the Forest: A Cycle of
6. Blaze And The Forest Fire: Billy
7. Forests under Fire: A Century
8. Fire in Sierra Nevada Forests:
9. The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt
10. The Thirtymile Fire: A Chronicle
11. People, Fire, and Forests: A Synthesis
12. The Wildfire Reader: A Century
13. Forest Fire: Control and Use (McGraw-Hill
14. The Charcoal Forest: How Fire
15. Guardian of the Forest: A History
16. Year of the Fires: The Story of
17. Fire in the Forest
18. Forest Fire (Wild Rescue)
19. Fires of Autumn: The Cloquet-Moose
20. Blazing Heritage: A History of

1. Fire Weather: A Guide for Application of Meteorological Information to Forest Fire Control Operations
by Mark Schroeder
 Paperback: Pages (1970)

Asin: B000KNR4F6
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2. Forest Fire
by Fraser
Paperback: 32 Pages (1999-03-09)
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Fraser's vibrant acrylic paintings and fascinating story teach children that fire, though frightening and destructive, also brings new life to the forest and its ecosystem. Full color. ... Read more

3. Fire Ecology of Pacific Northwest Forests
by James Agee
Paperback: 505 Pages (1996-03-01)
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Asin: 1559632305
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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"Agee examines in depth the issues in the ecological context and history of fire, wild and human. He sheds considerable light on this most important topic. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants a thorough understanding of the ecological and management issues related to fire in the forests.

-International Journal of Forestr.

The structure of most virgin forests in the western United States reflects a past disturbance history that includes forest fire. James K. Agee, an expert in the emerging field of fire ecology, analyzes the ecological role of fire in the creation and maintenance of natural western forests, focusing primarily on forest stand development patterns. His discussion of the natural fire environment and the environmental effects of fire is applicable to a wide range of temperate forests. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Seminal (and readable) text in fire ecology
One of the seminal books in fire ecology, regardless of what area of the world you're in. Despite the focus in this book on Northwestern forests, Agee provides one of the best overviews of wildland fire, fire effects, and fire history available, seamlessly integrating fire science, history, and policy into a seamless narrative. Agee's focus in this book is on Northwest forests, specifically on forest stand development patterns, yet his discussion of theory, the fundamental tenets of fire ecology and fire effects on an ecosystem are broadly applicable.

Great, very accessible writing style.

5-0 out of 5 stars appreciated prompt service !
Thanks you for your prompt delivery of my new book.It was needed for on-line graduate coursework and it arrived early so that I was able to prepare for the class. ... Read more

4. Principles of Forest Fire Management
by C Raymond Clar, Leonard R Chatten
 Paperback: 274 Pages (1975)

Asin: B000MEDWJ0
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5. Fire in the Forest: A Cycle of Growth and Renewal
by Laurence Pringle
 Hardcover: 32 Pages (1995-10-01)
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Asin: 068980394X
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Revealing the role of fire in the growth and maintenance of a forest, an introduction to this type of organic recycling explains how fire provides new food sources for wildlife while clearing the way for new generations of trees. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good book about how fire affects forests.
We are planning a trip to Yellowstone and this book has gotten me excited to see the different kinds of forests that exist throughout the park.Not only does the book cover how fire affects forests, but how time affects forests -- by looking at the types of growth in a forest you can tell howold it is (i.e. how long it's been since the last major fire). Fascinating.The only slight critique I have is that I wish the book were longer -- it'sa good length for upper elementary and middle school children, but highschoolers and adults will want more. ... Read more

6. Blaze And The Forest Fire: Billy And Blaze Spread The Alarm (Billy and Blaze Books)
by C.W. Anderson
Paperback: 50 Pages (1992-04-30)
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Billy and Blaze are more than just friends -- they're heroes! When they spot smoke in the brush, they race through the woods to sound the alarm.

At the end of the day, Billy and Blaze are rewarded for their bravery -- with carrots for Blaze, chocolate cake for Billy, and a very special present that they can share.

Blaze and the Forest Fire is part of the classic Billy and Blaze series. Sensitive drawings and easy-to-read words capture the warmth and special understanding between a boy and his horse. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Blaze and the Forest Fire
Back in the 30's when I was a little girl horses were my passion.I read every book I could find about them.Then I discovered C. W. Anderson's Billy and Blaze books at our local library. I read and reread them and studied Anderson's drawings of Blaze.They were my absolute favorite books of all time. Many times over the years I have mentioned these books to my daughter and granddaughter (both horse people, too). Then one day I took a chance and went to Amazon and typed in a title.To my amazement up came the list of Billy and Blaze books I so cherished; I couldn't believe they were still in print. I immediately ordered the first five titles and intend to finish out the ones you have available.I was a little surprised to see how short the stories are, but the pictures are the same. Now at 78 years old I still love these little books that gave me such joy when I was young.

I realize this is not exactly a review, it is a testimony of the love of a little girl for some books that she never forgot.

Phyllis Graff

5-0 out of 5 stars Blaze and the Forest Fire
Blaze books are classics.Good for both boys and girls any child who loves horses.Great for children who recognize basic vocabulary words to read on their own.But of all the books my child read to me I remember her reading these to me the best it was a great bonding time.We share a love of horses.

5-0 out of 5 stars Billy and Blaze
The Billy and Blaze books were a staple of my childhood. Easy to read with wonderful and accurate pencil drawings, the stories are simple and compelling for a youngster. Billy also represents a very under represented minority in the equine world right now, a boy riding a horse that is not a "cowboy". Billy rides for fun and pleasure and rides english to boot!
The pony Blaze is brave and uncomplicated, leaving Billy time to figure out his adventure in a short time.
I bought the books for my grandson to grow up on.I would love for him to be as enchanted with them as I was, and to perhaps have them as a role model as he grows up equine, not necessarily Cowboy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pony and Rider of One Mind
Billy loves his pony named Blaze.And Blaze comes whenever Billy calls.One day as they are traveling through the forest they both notice the beginnings of a forest fire.

Billy must get word of it to others quickly.The fastest way is to ride across country.This means jumping dangerously high fences and a brook.And Blaze is only a pony, a small horse.It is going to take a lot out of him.But he, too, seems to know how important it is to hurry.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Blaze
This book is part of the Blaze series for children.Blaze is a pony owned by Billy. They have many adventures together. There is a beautiful black and white illustration to accompany every page of text. ... Read more

7. Forests under Fire: A Century of Ecosystem Mismanagement in the Southwest
by Christopher J. Huggard, Arthur R. Gómez
Hardcover: 307 Pages (2001-03-01)
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Over the century, forest management has evolved from a field dominated by the "conservationist" perspective--with humans exploiting natural resources--to one that emphasizes biocentrism, in which forests are seen as dynamic ecosystems.Yet despite this progressive shift, the assault on our forests continues through overgrazing of rangelands, lumbering, eroding mountainsides, fire suppression, and threats to the habitats of endangered species.Forests under Fire takes a closer look at the people calling the shots in our national forests, from advocates of timber harvesting to champions of ecosystem management, and calls for a reassessment of our priorities--before our forests are gone. ... Read more

8. Fire in Sierra Nevada Forests: A Photographic Interpretation of Ecological Change Since 1849
by George E. Gruell
Paperback: 238 Pages (2001-10-01)
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Fire in Sierra Nevada Forests examines the woodlands through repeat photography: rephotographing sites depicted in historical photographs to compare past vegetation to present. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Revelance in Today's Fire Suppresssion Environment
My daughter, a Fire Captain for Cal Fire, feels this book is very informative to her in her Fire Suppression work.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fire in Sierra Nevada Forests
If you are interested in the history of the forests in the Sierras and also how past practices managed the forests better than we are doing now, this is a book of photographs for you.It is a basis for the new proposed forest practice of letting the fires burn to get rid of the underbrush and fire ladders.It also benefits the animals.

4-0 out of 5 stars A One-of-a-Kind Book About Forest Ecology
Forest ecology is in its infancy.Since humans have been messing with forests by chopping trees since their evolutionary arrival on the planet, it is rare to have any forest available to serve as a "before and after" example of human impact.With the Sierra Nevada, we do have photographic data available on the impact of European man on them thanks to those early pioneers of photography who hiked the mountains and photographed them.

George Gruell has done a lot of leg work here to bring many examples of Sierra Nevada forests in photographs from the past 150 years or so of human impact, and compared them to recent shots he took from as close to the origial location of the shot taken by the original photographer.These are presented side by side to give the reader a nice comparision.In this way, one is able to visually compare the forest from say 100 years ago to today.The images are startling.

For example; his photos prove that there really are a lot more trees living today than there were when Europeans first entered the Sierra Nevada.Probably, this is because of fire suppression as well as early loggers having removed a lot of the big old growth stands.Even the famed floor of Yosemite is now mostly forested with conifers.I myself love conifers but George makes an interesting point that these forests are "man made" and in many ways are unhealthy from the standpoint that they lead to canopy firestorms that normally don't exsist when fires are allowed to naturally burn themselves out.Fire ecology is important and our fear of forest fires has led to an ever worsening situation in the Sierra Nevada.

I recommend a quick read through this book for anyone interested in Sierra Nevada forest ecology.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful photos
I found this book most interesting just because of the old photos. While you do look at the then and now shots and see how much has changed, it seems like most of the changes don't have a lot to do with fire. Most of the old photos were taking from development locations, be they mining operations, railroad construction, or town development. So when compared to the current photos the manmade destruction of the land is long gone. It is amaizng to see how the land will return to its wilderness origins once the hands of man are taken away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Facts over rhetoric
With Bush touring the West talking about logging as the solution to preventing ever larger forest fires, this book provides ample documentation that FIRE SUPRESSION and MONOCULTURE REPLANTING are the real causes of the current explosive environment.

I first saw this book at the top of Mt. Harkness.The fire watchman there pointed it out to me, as we both struggled to peer at Mt. Shasta through the smoky haze created by the Biscuit and Fremont fires.

The differences in the trees and ground cover between now and the last century is striking.Most of the photos taken in the late 1800's show trees devoid of branches below 20 feet, and very little ground cover.Photos of the same area taken recently show thickly limbed trees down to ground level, with dense underbrush.Without hundreds of little fires to regularly clear out the low limbs and undergrowth, the forests become dense tinderboxes.When a fire finally breaks through fire suppression, it kills the trees instead of burning their limbs. ... Read more

9. The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
by Timothy Egan
Paperback: 352 Pages (2010-09-07)
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On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men—college boys, day workers, immigrants from mining camps—to fight the fire. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them.
Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force. Equally dramatic is the larger story he tells of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen.
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Amazon Best of the Month, October 2009: When Theodore Roosevelt vacated the Oval Office, he left a vast legacy of public lands under the stewardship of the newly created Forest Service. Immediately, political enemies of the nascent conservation movement chipped away at the foundations of the untested agency, lobbying for a return of the land to private interests and development. Then, in 1910, several small wildfires in the Pacific Northwest merge into one massive, swift, and unstoppable blaze, and the Forest Service is pressed into a futile effort to douse the flames. Over 100 firefighters died heroically, galvanizing public opinion in favor of the forests--with unexpected ramifications exposed in today's proliferation of destructive fires. Just as he recounted the Dust Bowl experience in The Worst Hard Time (a National Book Award winner),  The Big Burn vividly recreates disaster through the eyes of the men and women who experienced it (though this time without the benefit of first-hand accounts). It's another incredible--and incredibly compelling--feat of historical journalism.--Jon Foro

Amazon Exclusive Essay: "The Ghosts of 1910" by Timothy Egan, Author of The Big Burn

Nearly a hundred years ago, a big piece ofRocky Mountain high country fell to a fire that has never been matched--in size, ferocity, or how it changed the country. I was drawn to this fire in part because of its mythic status among my fellow Westerners.But I was reluctant to try and tell this story because everyone who had livedthrough it had gone to their grave. With The Worst Hard Time, I could look into the eyes of people who survived the Dust Bowl and hear their stories--firsthand. They were happy to pass them on. I was the baton.

With The Big Burn, the stories would have to come from ghosts. That fire burned 3 million acres and five towns to the ground in the hot sweep of a single weekend. It also killed nearlya hundred people. So, my task was to listen to the dead--those Italian and Irish immigrant firefighters in their letters home, those first forest rangers in memories collected in volumes stashed away in mountain towns, and in the notes and diaries of two great men who founded the Forest Service. One, Teddy Roosevelt, is a voice that lives nearly as loud today as when he bestrode the world stage. The other, Gifford Pinchot, was less known, but his legacy, like that of Roosevelt, is everywhere in the public land that Americans now claim as a birthright. And what’s more, Pinchot himself was married to a ghost for nearly 20 years, one of the more fascinating things I found in the haunt of the Big Burn.

(Photo © Sophie Egan)

Photographs from The Big Burn
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President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir atop Glacier Point in Yosemite National ParkRanger Ed Pulaski, whose actions saved many livesRanger Joe Halm after the fire. Like Ranger Pulaski, he helped save many lives
Men standing amid downed timber after the Big Burn of 1910Young Gifford Pinchot, a close friend and personal aide of Roosevelt’s and the first Chief of the U.S. Forest Service A ForestService fire patrol in 1914

A Q&A with Timothy Egan

Q: Tell us something about that great fire.

A: Well, it was the largest wildfire in American history, based on size. In less than two days, it torched more than three million acres, burned five towns to the ground, and killed nearly one hundred people.

Q: Wow. How big is three million acres?

A: Imagine if the entire state of Connecticut burned in a weekend--that's what you have here.

Q: And yet in your subtitle you call this the fire that saved America.

A: That's right. This happened in August 1910--next year will be the one hundredth anniversary. It came just after Teddy Roosevelt had left office, and left a legacy of public land nearly the size of France. But after Roosevelt was gone from Washington, in 1909, the Forest Service, the stewards of his legacy, came under attack. Gilded Age money wanted the rangers gone, the land placed in private hands. Enemies in Congress were constantly sniping at the young agency. And people out west were suspicious of the value of “Teddy's green rangers,” as they called them. They thought they were all college boys, softies, city kids.

Q: So how did the fire change that image?

A: It made heroes--almost mythic heroes--of the young men who led platoons of firefighters into a sea of flames. The government had marshaled ten thousand people, an army of young men, immigrants, and volunteers, to fight the fire. It was the first large-scale effort to battle a wildfire in U.S. history. The big-city daily newspapers here and abroad covered it like a war. The firefighters failed, because the Big Burn was so big and moved so quickly. But they succeeded in one respect: it turned the tide of public opinion, and Roosevelt's “Great Crusade” was saved. But at an awful cost. Those men should never have died. The fire was a once-in-a-century force of nature, and nothing could have stopped it.

Q: How so?

A: The fire moved faster than a horse at full gallop. It's been estimated that it consumed enough trees to build a city the size of Chicago. And it burned at nearly 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit in spots, incinerating the ground down to bedrock. No army of bedraggled men with shovels and picks could stop that.

Q: After writing a book about the Dust Bowl, what drew you to a fire from 1910?

A: I guess I'm working my way through the elements, going from dust to fire! Narrative history, basically just storytelling, is such a thrill to develop. You relive several lives through this drama. You inhabit their time. Like The Worst Hard Time, this book follows a dual-track story and several real-life people through this event.

Q: How did you hear about the Great Fire?

A: I've heard about the Big Burn since I was a little kid, camping in Montana and Idaho with my family. It had this larger-than-life status. And then, as a New York Times reporter covering the West and many wildfires, I found that this fire was a sacred text.

Q: What surprised you about the story?

A: I think it was Voltaire who said history never repeats itself, but man always does. As with the story I tried to tell in The Worst Hard Time, here you have a classic tale of human beings against nature. Hubris plays a huge role. In the end, nature wins, of course. Nature always bats last, as they said after the Bay Areaearthquake that disrupted the World Series.

Q: What else came as a surprise?

A: I was hugely impressed with Roosevelt and his chief forester, a very strange and original American now nearly lost to our history named Gifford Pinchot. These were two easterners, born into wealth, who crusaded a century ago for the Progressive Era idea that a democracy and public land were inextricably linked. They always talked about land belonging to “the little guy.” It was a radical idea then, at a time when the gulf between the rich and poor was never greater. Roosevelt and Pinchot were both traitors to their class, in that sense. And both were--how to say this--odd people.

Q: What do you mean by that?

A: I mean it in a positive sense. They went skinny-dipping together in the Potomac, boxed and wrestled, climbed rocks and rode horses through Rock Creek Park, all while at the pinnacle of power, while hatching these conservation ideals. And Pinchot, the founding forester, on top of everything else, was married to a ghost--a dead woman, a true spiritual union--for nearly twenty years.

Q: What was that all about?

A: He was a quirky guy, very smart but also very spiritual.

Q: And Teddy Roosevelt, did he live up to the image carved on Mount Rushmore?

A: More so. He was such a...multitasker! A presidential polymorph! He wrote something like fifteen books before the age of forty. He climbed the Matterhorn after doctors told him he was doomed to a sickly, indoors life. And he took on the entrenched, powerful moguls and politicians of the Gilded Age.

Q: So the story you tell is really two stories, as you mentioned earlier: the founding of American conservation and how this fire saved it?

A: Precisely. I'm always interested in the collision between man and nature. But again, what struck me as unusual in this case was how the collision preserved something bigger, more lasting--the idea of conservation itself.

Q: So the fire was a good thing?

A: I don't think the families who lost their loved ones would say that. I try to focus on five or so people who faced this beast on the ground. You know, history is not always about Great Men. It's also about people in the margins, who rarely get recognition, who make it turn. And in this case, you had some Italian and Irish immigrants, a tough female homesteader, some African-American soldiers, some brave and young forest rangers--all of whom were heroes, as important to how this fire changed history as were Roosevelt and Pinchot.

Q: Aside from the conservation legacy, why is a fire from a hundred years ago important today?

A: We're entering an age of catastrophic wildfires, so the experts say. Big parts of the West will burn over the next decade. In those forests you have all this fuel built up: dead and dying trees. The land wants to burn, perhaps needs to burn. A big part of the reason why goes back to the Big Burn. I don't want to give away a storytwist, but you’ll see late in the book that another lesson--perhaps tragic, certainly misguided--was taken away from the Big Burn. It's with us in a very big way.

Q: How, specifically?

A: We're seeing bigger, hotter, longer, earlier wildfires around the country today, and much of them can be traced to the wrong lessons of the Big Burn. Firefighting now accounts for nearly half of the Forest Service budget. This was not what Roosevelt had in mind.

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5-0 out of 5 stars HIstory lession of the Northwest
The Big Burn is more than just a detailed account of the Big Burn of 1910, it is a good account of the general History of the of the Northwest and how the United States Forest Service was established.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
My husband enjoyed this book tremendously.We had recently visited Wallace, ID, which made the story so much more immediate. He only sticks with books which are unusually exciting, so this is a winner.

5-0 out of 5 stars honest seller
Fresh brand new-looking, sold by honest seller who noted a tear in the cover.The tear is, in fact, a publisher's design flaw.

3-0 out of 5 stars an interesting history
"The Big Burn" is both the story of the tragic fire in the west as well as the story of the beginnings of the conservation movement in America. Often ponderous and overly detailed, I found it hard to enjoy. The political backstory is important, but was dull as heck for me to get through.

5-0 out of 5 stars great history of our national forest
really good book on thehistory and political bs that it took just to have forest for all americans to enjoy. this author kept his opion out of it and stayed to the facts.The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America ... Read more

10. The Thirtymile Fire: A Chronicle of Bravery and Betrayal
by John N. Maclean
Paperback: 272 Pages (2008-05-27)
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“Pitilessly compelling, the sort of saga devoured in one horrified sitting.”—National Geographic Adventure

The Thirtymile Fire in the North Cascade Range near the Canadian border of Washington began as a simple mop-up operation; in a few hours, a series of catastrophic errors led to the entrapment and deaths of four members of the fire crew—two teenage girls and two young men. Each had brought order and meaning to their lives by joining the firefighting world. Then the very flames they pursued turned on them, extinguishing their lives. 

Weaving together the astonishing stories told by the fire’s witnesses and, later, the victims’ family members and the response to the official reports, John N. Maclean creates a riveting account of the deadly Thirtymile Fire and the controversy and recriminations that raged in its aftermath.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Riveting
John Maclean's The Thirtymile Fire is a can't-put-down book. His skill as a writer keeps the reader completely enthralled. If you like non-fiction this is a must read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Important Book
Really a must read for the Squad Boss to the Fire Chief.
Not always a fan of the author, but without his book many of the details of this tragedy would never have been told.This story needed to be told.I retired as a fire manager in 2004, four years after 30 mile.I never heard the full story of this disaster in a way that could help to save lives in the future.I know some of the people from this story and some who could not tell their story.There is more here to tell...

This disaster changed many policies for the better.Reading this may remind people that those polices remain essential to the safety of our firefighters.

Good job John!

5-0 out of 5 stars 30 mile
This is a well written book that takes a look into a touchy subject. It is a book that can be used to prevent the mistakes that took place on this fire.It gives a look at why we have our 10's 18's.I would recommend this book to anyone who is involved in fire or considering to make a season or career in wildland firefighting.It is every firefighters duty to review these incidents and try to prevent these tragedys from reoccuring.

2-0 out of 5 stars CHECK IT OUT FROM THE LIBRARY!
I have owned this novel for over a year, and I still have not been able to complete the whole thing from cover to cover! Some chapters make me cry. Some chapters make me angry. Some chapters remind me more of a Hollywood-ized "story" that McLean created to make money.

Jessica Johnson was my best friend, and McLean describes her character (as well as another whom I love and respect) inadequately which only makes me want to rip pages out, crumple them up, and throw them in the fireplace! The Thirty-Mile Fire is an epic fire that firefighters can still learn from to stay safe and still do their jobs. Fighting fire is a tough job that I respect and I appreciate all the fire men/women out there!

There are some well written reencounters at the scene and McLean does a good job at describing the confusion and miscommunication from up the line... But I would suggest you check it out from your local library, rather than fill up John McLean's wallet.

4-0 out of 5 stars Been there
I have spent over 30 years in wildland fire, 29 of those on the line. Most of my work has been as a Division Supervisor or Type 3 IC. This book hits the nail on the head in the fact that the bureaucrats will always try to blame the line personnel for any entrapment/burnover incident. I was in a shelter deployment once and was crucified for it. Of course that's a long story, but I was vindicated in the end. But before that, judgment was passed by those without the experience to know what they are talking about. Maclean does a good job digging into this phenomenon. Blame the dead people is standard operating procedure for the agencies in wildland fire.Ken ... Read more

11. People, Fire, and Forests: A Synthesis of Wildfire Social Science
Paperback: 240 Pages (2007-06-01)
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Years of drought and decades of aggressive fire exclusion have left North American forests at high risk for future catastrophic fires. Forest settings are a magnet for recreational opportunities and for rapidly growing residential development—putting an increasing number of citizens and their property into the path of wildfires. Recordsetting wildfires initiated the twentyfirst century and motivated the rise to prominence of wildfire on the political agenda, prompting important and farreaching new public policy initiatives. To be effective, these policies must be informed by science—but that requires more than just improved knowledge about the physical and biological dynamics of fire and forest ecosystems. Social values, socioeconomic factors, demographic trends, institutional arrangements, and human behavior must also be taken into consideration by the agencies and individuals responsible for wildland fire decision making. The first book to integrate the social science literature on the human dimensions of wildfire, People, Fire, and Forests reviews current studies from this broad, interdisciplinary field and synthesizes them into a rich body of knowledge with practical management implications. Chapters in the book highlight principal findings and common threads in the existing research and identify strengths and gaps. They cover such topics as public perception of wildfire risk, acceptability of fire management policies, and community impacts of wildfire. Designed to make relevant social science information more available and useful to wildfire risk managers and policy makers, People, Fire, and Forests is also intended to encourage and guide further research into wildfire. By exploring the theoretical and methodological issues surrounding human interactions with wildfire and describing the practical implications of this research, this volume provides an essential resource for students, scholars, and professionals. ... Read more

12. The Wildfire Reader: A Century of Failed Forest Policy
Paperback: 448 Pages (2006-08-04)
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The Wildfire Reader presents, in an affordable paperback edition, the essays included in the larger, photographic companion volume, Wildfire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy.Wildfires are an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon that have shaped North America’s landscapes since the dawn of time. They are a force that we cannot really control, and thus understanding, appreciating, and learning to live with wildfire is ultimately our wisest public policy.

The Wildfire Reader covers the topic of wildfire from ecological, economic, and social/political perspectives while also documenting how past forest policies have hindered natural processes, creating a tinderbox of problems that we are faced with today.

More than 25 leading thinkers in the field of fire ecology provide in-depth analyses, critiques, and compelling solutions for how we live with fire in our society. Using examples such as the epic Yellowstone fires of 1988, the ever-present southern California fires, and the Northwest’s Biscuit Fire of 2002, the book examines the ecology of these landscapes and the policies and practices that affected them and continue to affect them, such as fire suppression, prescribed burns, salvage logging, and land-use planning. Overall, the book aims to promote the restoration of fire to the landscape and to encourage its natural behavior so it can resume its role as a major ecological process. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars mixed bag of thoughtful analysis and bitter rants
Overall a very good collection of essays which cover a broad range of wildfire issues.Authors of different expertise offer thoughtful analysis of topics such as fire ecology, the role of fire suppression, logging,and the politics involved in fire suppression. These issues are becoming even more important now with the changing climate and fire enviromnent.
Sadly, the bitter rants of editor Georhge Wuerthner and pal Andy Kerr damage the credibility of the book. Their black and white opinions and extreme attitudes and are emblematic of the polarization of American politics.I have been fighting wildfire for 10 years and share many of their frustrations, but am surprised at their naivete and hatred towards the firefighting community (which, like all aspects of society, contains aspects of good, bad, and everything in between).

5-0 out of 5 stars Sustainable Ecosystems and Fire
Contrary to Smokey T. Bear, fire is an integral part of healthy ecosystems. The biggest problem with wildland fire is suppression, not burning. After a century of aggressive fire suppression and the myth of Smokey T. Bear, we now see clearly that fire is integral just as soils, sun, wind, water, insects, snow, ice and other natural processes. Put an increment borerer into a tree and you can read the fire history of an ecosystem back up to 3,000 years.

Core into soils, meadows and adjacent streams and you can often retrace almost 10,000 years of fire history in the sediments, buried logs and stumps. Learn the behavior of wildland fire in the presence of sun, upslope wind, rain, snow, clouds, humidity, katabtic winds and air temperature and you begin to catch a glimpse of how we have artificially imposed politics, wishful thinking and pseudoscience on wildland ecosystems.

Media and politicians speak of "catastrophic" and "charred" ecosystems, but fail to speak of the catastrophe of sprawling urban development imposed upon fire-maintained vegetation and soils. We live in wood houses with wood shake roofs and wonder why our houses burn when the surrounding air super heats.

We have made many mistakes with fire. The first mistake is labeling wildland ecosystems uninhabited "wilderness". As Kat Andersen reminds us in "Before The Wilderness," this was never wilderness, people have always lived here AND used fire as a tool to maintain healthy ecosystems for more than 10,000 years.

It was the European invasion that labeled fire as "bad" and Disney and Bambi who drove the message home. It is only through the dedicated work of scientists and wildland managers in places like Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone Natl Parks since 1970 that we have begun to understand the basic role of fire. The Leopold Commission in the early 1950s clearly identified the potential for large fires from all the biomass that was and continues to build up.

There is still a large residue who label fire as "bad," and don't understand the role of fire in healthy, resilant, durable ecosystems. Air Quality districts now impose their mandates on when to burn. This book is a must for the public, resource managers and urban residents. ... Read more

13. Forest Fire: Control and Use (McGraw-Hill series in forest resources)
by Arthur Allen Brown
 Hardcover: 544 Pages (1973-06)
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Asin: 0070082057
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14. The Charcoal Forest: How Fire Helps Animals & Plants
by Beth A. Peluso
Paperback: 64 Pages (2007-05-15)
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Asin: 0878425322
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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After a fire, you might think a burned area is as barren and lifeless as the moon. But take a closer look and you'll find that even before the last wisps of smoke have cleared, the newly burned forest is already teeming with life. Many plants and animals find fertile ground here to grow, eat, and have offspring; some species are dependent on fire and cannot thrive or reproduce without it. Unlike most books, which concentrate on the fire itself, The Charcoal Forest explores the new habitat created by the fire. Focusing on the Northern Rocky Mountains of the United States and Canada, the book describes twenty species of animals and plants that contribute to the reclamation and renewal of the charcoal forest. Why do some beetles fly toward a fire? Why will you almost never see a black-backed woodpecker outside of burned areas? How do fires help grow yummy treats like huckleberries and morel mushrooms? Kids and adults will delight in discovering the answers to these and other burning questions-and don't forget to find the black-backed woodpecker in the picture! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and Fun
What a GREAT book!The nature of this book has been needed for a long time.The Charcoal Forest addresses the need for an understanding of the benefits of fires in our landscape in a wonderfully drawn, interactive way for all ages including adults.Our current mentality of stopping fires lessens the benefits the birds, bugs, and other plants obtains from the ashes of a forest fire.A book which encourages thoughtful ideas about how nature recovers from devastating events.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Charcoal Forrest
Beth Peluso has written an informative and engaging book for children about how forests recover from fires. It is amazing how many plants and animals actually need fire.Additionally, her illustrations are superb, depicting wildlife from fascinating angles and perspectives.I highly recommend "The Charcoal Forest."

5-0 out of 5 stars A final section offers more fun facts about the forest species featured
Written by avid birder, day camp counselor, and substitute teacher Beth A. Peluso, The Charcoal Forest: How Fire Helps Animals and Plants is an educational softcover picturebook about the ecology of fire in the Rocky Mountains, and plants and animals that actually depend upon fire to survive. From the black-backed woodpecker that depends on the beetle larvae in burned tree trunks (there's a woodpecker in every beautiful color picture!) to the deer mouse that feasts on seeds exposed by fire, to plants like the huckleberry bush that need space cleared so they can receive more light, and many more, The Charcoal Forest offers an amazing glimpse into species that thrive in the wake of regular or sporadic forest fires. A final section offers more fun facts about the forest species featured, a glossary, an index, and a list of resources that young readers can look up to learn more. Highly recommended, especially for elementary school and public library children's collections. ... Read more

15. Guardian of the Forest: A History of the Smokey Bear Program
by Ellen Earnhardt Morrison
 Hardcover: 132 Pages (1989-06)
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16. Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910
by Stephen, Pyne
Paperback: 352 Pages (2008-03-15)
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Asin: 0878425446
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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In the summer of 1910, Northern Rockies wildfires scorched millions of acres in the West, darkened skies in New England, and deposited soot on the ice of Greenland. The flames ravaged pristine wilderness along with farms, towns, and mining camps, culminating in the deaths of seventy-eight firefighters in the Big Blowup along the Montana-Idaho border. The blazes also illuminated a national debate raging about fire policy. Year of the Fires is the fascinating story of that catastrophic year and its pivotal role in establishing how we deal with forest fire in this country. Everything from the tools firefighters carry to strategies of land management was shaped by the fires of 1910.
Stephen Pyne not only explains how the fires occurred, how they were fought, and who fought them, but also puts the event in the context of America s changing attitudes about forests and fires. In 1910 steam-powered trains were spewing sparks across the West while homesteaders were burning their way into the woods to create farms and settlements. Teddy Roosevelt had just doubled the size of the forest reserves, and the idea that timber is finite was just entering American consciousness. The Forest Service, only five years old, was struggling to solidify its role. And even as the country s first foresters were facing the question of how to protect the new public lands, the West exploded in fire. Pyne brings that astonishing year to life in a riveting narrative of the fires, the people, and the decisions that continue to affect American life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Accessible to scholars and lay readers alike
In the summer of 1910, wildfires in the Northern Rockies spread across millions of acres; the soot darkened the skies of New England and even drifted as far as the ice of Greenland. Seventy-eight firefighters died fighting the "Big Blowup" along the Montana-Idaho border. Nationally recognized fire historian Stephen J. Pyne presents Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910, which tells of this tremendous catastrophe and how it forever changed America's policies for responding to forest fires. Accessible to scholars and lay readers alike, Year of the Fires is a welcome addition to American history shelves and highly recommended - especially considering that the lessons of the past remain just as relevant in "fire-prone" parts of the nation today.

4-0 out of 5 stars The fires of 1910
The story of the great fires of 1910 that raged along the northern tier of the country from Washington to the Great Lakes, but especially the Big Blowup that occurred along the Montana-Idaho border that claimed over 70 firefighters in two days in late August. Heroes, cowards, and fools all appeared during those two days before the fierce winds that made containment difficult abated. Ed Pulaski saved a large crew from destruction by his actions. But Baudette and Spooner, both in Minnesota, were destroyed in only 20 minutes.

The country didn't really have a forest fire plan, in most cases just allowing fires to burn themselves out. But these fires, which destroyed so much property, forced officials to make big changes, among them the creation of the Forest Service.

A debate raged over whether fires should be fought head-on or by employing light burning to prevent devastating fires from erupting. (Pyne is weakest in dealing with these debates and doesn't make the issues or outcome clear.) In some ways the debate still continues, especially now that so many homes and communities have been built on forest lands.

A pretty interesting book, though Pyne's writing style is not very compelling.

4-0 out of 5 stars Despite dense prose, still a good book.
Although some of the other reviewers disagree, Pyne has done a fantastic job of pulling together many diverse strands of primary materials to make a compelling narrative.Not only does Pyne tell the stories of individual firefighters on the line, but he interweaves larger political and environmental issues as well.Really, this is a model work as far as coordinating the "big picture" with the details.Readers of this work will learn about bureaucratic infighting in the early 1900's, competing forestry theories, the physics of how fires actually work, as well as slices of social history here and there.Pyne's greatest weakness in this book is that he tends to be too wordy and a bit too flamboyant with imagery.If you can overlook that and can see the big picture Pyne is painting, the book will draw you in.

1-0 out of 5 stars Overly academic
I found this book through a newspaper review and eagerly bought it. I was very disappointed. It is overly academic, dull, poorly organized and excessively wordy. As a journalist, I understand the powers of brevity and clarity, but the author does not. Even the organization, by month, leaves a lot to be desired as the author still skips between months. The political background becomes so laborious that it is impossible to follow a chain of events or personalities. I would definitely skip reading this book, even though I forced my way through all of it, hoping that it would get better. It did not.

2-0 out of 5 stars Heavy Plowing
This book could be some much more readable with, perhaps, an editor and another draft. The author has to juggle a lot of details - historical, political, social, biographical and statistical - but does so in an ungraceful confusing manner. The writing at times is distractingly florid. I compare this to Big Trouble by J. Anthony Lukas that handles a wealth of period detail with grace and a simplicity and directness of language that sweeps you along. I was very disappointed given the natural drama of the story. ... Read more

17. Fire in the Forest
by Peter A. Thomas, Robert S. McAlpine
Hardcover: 238 Pages (2010-11-30)
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How destructive or beneficial are forest fires to wildlife? Should we be trying to reduce or increase the amount of fire in forests? How are forest fires controlled, and why does this sometimes fail? What effect will climate change have? These and many other questions are answered in this richly illustrated book, written in non-technical language. The journey starts in the long geological history of fire leading up to our present love-hate relationship with it. Exploring the physics of how a single flame burns, the journey continues through how whole forests burn and the anatomy of firestorms. The positive and negative ecological effects of fires are explored, from plants and wildlife to whole landscapes. The journey ends with how fires are controlled, and a look to the future. This book will be of interest to ecologists, biogeographers and anyone with an interest in forest fires and the role they play. ... Read more

18. Forest Fire (Wild Rescue)
by Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler
Paperback: 144 Pages (2009-08-01)
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Ben and Zoe's latest mission takes them to South Borneo. An orang-utan has set up home on a palm oil plantation and is resisting all attempts to bring him to the safety of the nearby reservation. But when the twins discover that illegal logging has been taking place, it becomes clear that the orang-utan isn't the only one in grave danger. ... Read more

19. Fires of Autumn: The Cloquet-Moose Lake Disaster of 1918
by Francis Carroll
Paperback: 261 Pages (1990-10-15)
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Asin: 0873512588
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In the fall of 1918, devastating forest fires sweptacross a major portion of northeastern Minnesota.Drawing on bothpublished survivors' accounts and on trial testimony never publicized,the authors bring to light this saga of destruction, resurrection, andresilience in the face of adversity. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Fires of Autumn-The Cloquet-Moose Lake Disaster of 1918

These are the type of books I enjoy - real events and how real people survived and moved ahead.
Well-written, interesting pics, in-depth background stories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This book was so interesting I couldn't put it down. I loved it and it is a part of Minnesota History and what some people in earlier days endured.

3-0 out of 5 stars Well written but a tad dry
I found "The Fires of Autumn" to be a very well researched book that I thought to be somehow lacking when portraying the human drama of the event.A goodly portion of the book, more than I thought was warrented, is devoted to the court battles that sprung from the fires and I think more space could and should have been devoted to dealing with the actual fire itself.After reading the excellent "Under a Flaming Sky" concerning the Hinkley Fire I found this book to be very dry and lacking in color.

5-0 out of 5 stars educational and interesting
this book gives an educational view of the town of Cloquet, as well as interesting accounts of events that happened.

3-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A LOCAL READ
In the fall of 1918, forest and wild fires devastated significant areas of Minnesota, killing anywhere from 400 to 1000 people.This book tells the story of these fires and the subsequent recovery of the region.While a valuable work on the topic, the book is not that interesting.We learn many details about the event, but the fire comes across more as a distant historical event than as a great tragedy.And little is said about how the residents planned to handle future fires.The book seems to have been intended for a local audience. Outsiders may find it hard to identify with the communities described. ... Read more

20. Blazing Heritage: A History of Wildland Fire in the National Parks
by Hal K. Rothman
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2007-04-12)
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National parks played a unique role in the development of wildfire management on American public lands. With a different mission and powerful meaning to the public, the national parks were a psychic battleground for the contests between fire suppression and its use as a management tool. Blazing Heritage tells how the national parks shaped federal fire management. ... Read more

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