Featured works

History and pyrogeography
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.

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.

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

And I gave a TED Talk in Vancouver, 2015 - Fire, a biography. When TED posts it, I'll provide a link. Meanwhile, here are some views as the audience saw me.

At the TED Conference, 2015

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.


Florida and California fire surveys (spring 2016)

Northern Rockies and Southwest fire surveys (fall 2016)

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