The contemporary American fire scene
The past 50 years have witnessed remarkable changes in American fire policy, institutions, sciences, and practices. Yet the standard history, Fire in America, ends in the 1970s. It misses the momentous events that make America's great cultural revolution on fire. But more is at stake than missing years. The revolution changed the storyline. It deserves its own narrative. Now it has one.
Thanks for the generosity of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of the Interior, Joint Fire Science Program, and the University of Arizona Press a multi-book compendium is coming into print. The project has resulted in two books. Between Two Fires will related the basic narrative. To the Last Smoke will assemble a suite of shorter regional surveys to highlight particular place, personalities, and practices. Between Two Fires will thus serve as the play-by-play record, and To the Last Smoke as the color commentary.
Between Two Fires
Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America
A grand narrative of ideas, institutions, and fires.
Table of contents
Prologue: agency on fire
To the Last Smoke
To the Last Smoke
A suite of regional reconnaissances, each approximately 200 pages.
Vol. 1 Florida: A Fire Survey
Vol. 2 California: A Fire Survey"
Vol. 3 The Northern Rockies: A Fire Survey
Vol. 4 The Southwest: A Fire Survey
Vol. 5 The Great Plains: A Fire Survey - in May, 2017
Vol. 6 The Interior West: A Fire Survey - in press
Vol. 7 Slopovers: oak woodlands; Pacific Northwest; Alaska
Vol. 8 Here and There. Northeast, topical essays, overseas sites.
The Northeast may become its own regional volume, depending on how research evolves. I expect to complete travels and draft manuscripts by the end of 2017, with publication as soon as possible afterwards.