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Books ~

    * Five Suns: a Fire History of Mexico. A historical survey from the Chicxulub Crater to to the Coahuaila fires of 2011, organized into five eras, each with its signature fire.  Reviewed in the International Journal of Wildland Fire.

    * Wild Visions. Wilderness as Image and Idea - out at last, thanks to Ben Minteer's patient tenacity and Mark Klett's network of landscape photographers.

   * Pyrocene Park. Yosemite as a microcosm of an Earth moving from an ice age to a fire age.


And some essays ~

   * Life in the Pyrocene - an overview for Scientific American (even made the cover; see right)

   * Firebugs - a fire triangle - from fire beetles to the question of fire as living. Blog.

   * Aesthetics for the Pyrocene - a meditation for Aeon/Psyche.

   * Cicero meets the Cretaceous - given the interlayering of lithic and living landscapes, maybe it's time to find a term to characterize it?  How about 'third nature'? Published in Environmental History





Telegraphing FireA study in the complexity of contemporary fire management, focused on the Tonto National Forest and organized around the 2021 Telegraph fire.  A complementary inquiry to Pyrocene Park.


Undying Fire: A Fire History of Europe.  An update and severe abridgement of Vestal Fire.  The original text was too long, the title too allusive, and the topics, now 30 years old, perhaps a trifle stale.  European fire has become global news, not only in its own right but as part of the decolonization discourse.  An interesting challenge, though, to reduce the manuscript to 40% of its current length, while incorporating the outburst of research published over the past three decades.



Scenes from public lectures (click on topic for video). (top l) With Steward Brand for Long Now SALT Talk; (top r) TED 2015; (bottom) AGU 2023 plenary

The To the Last Smoke suite, complete.  The color commentary to accompany the narrative in Between Two Fires My gratitude to the USFS, USDI, and JFSP for funding, and to the University of Arizona Press for staying with the project - a big commitment all around.