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Wildfire season is burning longer and hotter, affecting more and more people, especially in the west of the USA. Land on Fire explores the fascinating science behind this phenomenon and the ongoing research to find a solution. This gripping narrative details how years of fire suppression and chronic drought have combined to make the situation so dire. Award-winning nature writer Gary Ferguson brings to life the extraordinary efforts of those responsible for fighting wildfires, and deftly explains how nature reacts in the aftermath of flames. Dramatic photographs reveal the terror and beauty of fire, as well as the staggering effect it has on the landscape.
Gary Ferguson has written many books on nature and science including Hawks Rest, the first nonfiction work to win both the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Nonfiction, Decade of the Wolf, The Great Divide, and The Carry Home. His articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. His lectures on wilderness are a culmination of 30 years researching – and experiencing – the marriage of wild lands, history, myth, and narrative psychology.
"Comprehensive [...] offers a fascinating overview of how fires are fought, and conversation-starters for how we might reimagine our relationship with the woods."
– Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet