Featured works

Commentary
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.

Quick Links

Cycle of Fire - a survey of fire on Earth


The Cycle's suite -

Fire: A Brief History (2001) - a concise survey of themes and phases

World Fire: The Culture of Fire on Earth (1995) - essays on fire around the world, with special attention to the U.S.

Vestal Fire: An Environmental History, Told Through Fire, of Europe and Europe's Encounter with the World (1997) - includes Europe proper, Russia, and Europe's imperium

Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire (1982) - a fire history of America through the 1970s

Awful Splendour: A Fire History of Canada (2007) - survey from the last glaciation to the 1990s.

Burning Bush: A Fire History of Australia (1991) - survey up to 1983 Ash Wednesday fires

The Ice: A Journey to Antarctica (1986) - the continent without fire, the death of fire and the end of the cycle

Other additions and sequels -

The Still-Burning Bush (2006), part of Scribe Book's short-books series, carried the Australian story from the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires to those of 2003. Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910 (2001) isolated the founding American fire story for special narration and analysis. Smokechasing (2003) updated World Fire. Tending Fire: Coping with America's Wildland Fires (2004) offered a concise survey of understandings and options for the future. America's Fires: A Historical Context for Policy and Practice (2010) updated the story for the Forest History Society's issues series.

Meanwhile research on Between Two Fires: A Fire History of America, 1960-2010 and To The Last Smoke, a companion collection of essays on the contemporary scene, is beginning. Preliminary work on a fire history of Mexico is also advancing.


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