Land on Fire

Land on Fire

The New Reality of Wildfire in the West

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“This comprehensive book offers a fascinating overview of how those fires are fought, and some conversation-starters for how we might reimagine our relationship with the woods.” —Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
Wildfire season is burning longer and hotter, affecting more and more people, especially in the west. Land on Fire 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. Award-winning nature writer Gary Ferguson 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.

We are living in the age of wildfire—it is changing the land, the economy, the welfare of wildlife, and the livability of the American West. Land on Fire explores the science behind wildfire and what is being done to control it. 

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Ferguson, an author of books on nature and science, explores the science behind wildfires in the western US and the research being conducted to find a solution. He describes the conditions behind these fires, wildfire suppression efforts, the role of drought, how fires start and behave, firefighter efforts, the aftermath of these fires and the effects on the ecosystem, fire management strategy, and estimates of future fire activity. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9781604697001
Branch Call Number: 634.9618 FERGUSON
Characteristics: 212 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm


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