Featured works

Commentary on NAS Workshop on Wildland Fire Research
Contribution to ASEH 4oth anniversary presidential slam.
Contemporary American fire
A multi-work survey by grand narrative and regional reconnaissances.
Popular survey of fire
Illustrated digest of why fire looks the way it does today and how to think about it.
Updated textbook
Continuing evolution of textbooks on wildland and landscape fire.
Writing manual
Art and craft of writing nonfiction books, especially history.
Centennial fire
Historical survey of the Great Fires, their context and consequences.
Geographic exploration
A group of books organized around the concept of three great ages of discovery
Fire on Earth
Includes fire histories for Earth, America, Canada, Australia, and Europe including Russia. Other books on fire management.
Grand Canyon Suite
The Grand Canyon provides a setting, at least in part, for several books.

Welcome to my author page

Consuming fire - I've lots of occasions recently to think of that phrase.

Fires continue, so do my thoughts about them. Recent commentaries address the Gatlinburg fire, Fort McMurray fire, and Smokey Bear .

My multi-book survey of the American fire scene is roaring toward publication. Between Two Fires was published in October 2015. Five volumes of To the Last Smoke are now in print - Florida, California, the Northern Rockies, the Southwest, and the Great Plains. The Interior West is now in production. A collection of topical essays drawn from researching the other books, Here and There, will start in production soon. I expect to complete the volume on the Northeast, and a volume of three mini-surveys I'm calling Slopovers (Pacific Northwest, oak woodlands, Alaska) by the end of this calendar year. For more details, see the project page.

Videoing presentations has become normal. There are lots to choose from - see Videos in the heading. But 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.

Stewart Brand and I fielding questions from the audience after the talk.

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.

At the TED Conference, 2015

For various thoughts on fire matters, 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.

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Florida and California fire surveys (spring 2016)

Northern Rockies and Southwest fire surveys (fall 2016)

Great Plains, now out. Interior West to be published in spring 2018.

A salon of ideas about the future of nature protection in America

A condensed survey of fire in Earthly nature and in human culture, lavishly illustrated with photos and art. For more information, click here .

Continental ice, megafauna, erectines and Neanderthals, creation stories, big ideas - what's not to like?


The Grand Tour, and beyond - now in paperback