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Consuming fire - I've lots of occasions recently to think of that phrase.
My multi-book survey of the American fire scene is roaring toward publication. Between Two Fires was published in October 2015. Four volumes of To the Last Smoke are now in print - Florida, California, the Northern Rockies and the Southwest. The Great Plains is in production. A collection of topical essays, Here and There is under review. For more details, see the project page.
Then there were two opportunities to speak before special audiences. The Long Now Foundation invited me to speak in their Seminars About Long-term Thinking. You can watch a video of "Fire Slow, Fire Fast, Fire Deep" here.
And I gave a TED Talk in Vancouver, 2015 - Fire, a biography. You can view it in the TED archives here. Here are some views as the audience saw me.
For commentaries on such matters as the Fort MacMurray fire, what to do with Smokey Bear, and a reconfiguration of the Anthropocene into a Pyrocene, see Commentaries.
As a rookie firefighter, I was enjoined to stay with a fire until the last smoke was out. I did, though I doubt that I will ever extinguish my literary smokechasing.