Cover image for Land on fire : the new reality of wildfire in the West
Land on fire : the new reality of wildfire in the West
Land on fire : the new reality of wildfire in the West
Publication Information:
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, [2017]

Physical Description:
212 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Living fire : not your grandparents' landscape -- Kindling : the era of suppression meets the age of drought -- Combustion : from spark to flame to firestorm -- Fighting fire : heroic effort and tragic loss -- Aftermath : nature in the wake of the burn -- Risk reduction : the art and science of prevention and treatment -- Future fire -- A final word.
"Wildfires are burning longer and hotter than ever, affecting communities and the web of life throughout the West. Fires of recent years have been among the most devastating on record: millions of acres have burned and more than a billion dollars spent controlling them. In Land on Fire, acclaimed nature writer Gary Ferguson explores the fascinating science behind this phenomenon and the ongoing research to find a solution. This gripping narrative details how years of fire suppression and chronic drought have combined to make the situation so dire, brings to life the extraordinary efforts of those responsible for fighting wildfires, and deftly explains how nature reacts in the aftermath of flames. Dramatic photographs reveal the terror and beauty of fire, as well as the staggering effect it has on the landscape."--Provided by publisher.