The Southwest: A Fire Survey - To the Last Smoke (Paperback)
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The Southwest: A Fire Survey - To the Last Smoke (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 30/03/2017
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With its scattered mountains and high rims, its dry air and summer lightning, its rising tier of biomes from desert grasses to alpine conifers, and its aggressive exurban sprawl, something in The Southwest is ready to burn each year and some high-value assets seem ever in their path. But the past 20 years have witnessed an uptake in savagery, as routine surface burns have mutated into megafires and overrun nearly a quarter of the region's forests. What happened, and what does it mean for the rest of the country?

Through a mixture of journalism, history, and literary imagination, fire expert Stephen J. Pyne provides a lively survey of what makes this region distinctive, moving us beyond the usual conversations of science and policy. Pyne explores The Southwest's sacred mountains, including the Jemez, Mogollon, Huachucas, and Kaibab; its sky islands, among them the Chiricahuas, Mount Graham, and Tanque Verde; and its famous rims and borders. Together, the essays provide a cross-section of how landscape fire looks in the early years of the 21st century, what is being done to manage it, and how fire connects with other themes of southwestern life and culture.

Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816532483
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An elegant and informed treatise on the history and evolving nature of wildfire in our arid and rugged landscape."--Journal of Arizona History

"This is an exceptionally readable work; the analyses of events reflect the interpretation of humans, ecology, and institutions."--Choice

"An accessible entry point into the kaleidoscopic set of shifting interests that characterize the relationships of fire to the Southwest."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

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