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The Failed State of Fire Suppression

Sara E. Jensen and Guy R. McPherson

in Living with Fire: Fire Ecology and Policy for the Twenty-first Century

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520255890
eISBN:
9780520942516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255890.003.0004
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This chapter presents a historical overview of federal fire suppression efforts and their ecological and economic consequences. Fire policy and management strategies from 1910 to the 1970s were ... More


On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Matthew Desmond

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This rugged account of a rugged profession explores the heart and soul of the wildland firefighter. Having joined a firecrew in Northern Arizona as a young man, the author relates his experiences ... More


Collateral Damage

JOE C. TRUETT

in Grass: In Search of Human Habitat

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520258396
eISBN:
9780520944527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520258396.003.0015
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This chapter discusses the Bear Fire, which consumed some fifty thousand acres—nearly eighty square miles—of scrub oak, pinyon, juniper, ponderosa pine, fir, and spruce in Bear Wallow Mountain. The ... More


Introduction: Uncertainty and Change

Sara E. Jensen and Guy R. McPherson

in Living with Fire: Fire Ecology and Policy for the Twenty-first Century

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520255890
eISBN:
9780520942516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255890.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This book focuses on the effective management of wildland fires in the western United States. It examines several factors that greatly influence wildland fires and then discusses the important and ... More


Wildland Fire in the West: The Big Picture

Sara E. Jensen and Guy R. McPherson

in Living with Fire: Fire Ecology and Policy for the Twenty-first Century

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520255890
eISBN:
9780520942516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255890.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This chapter focuses on the current scientific understanding of wildland fire. It discusses the occurrence, spread and behavior of fires, the factors that influence wildland fires, and native species ... More


Introduction

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This introductory chapter, which begins with the author's story of how he became a firefighter, also describes the dangers faced by wildland firefighters. It then sets out the book's main purpose, ... More


Country Masculinity

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter examines how the author's crewmembers initially decided to become firefighters and how a rural working-class upbringing predisposed them to the universe of wildland firefighting by ... More


The Sanctuary of the Forest

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

What compels people to accept the burdens of firefighting? Why do they choose to take part in such a demanding and dangerous enterprise? This chapter demonstrates that the answers are to be found in ... More


Learning and Burning

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226144085
eISBN:
9780226144078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226144078.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter analyzes how firefighters are educated, trained, and disciplined by their host organization. It begins by describing the training crewmembers receive for fighting fires, whether those ... More


The 1991 Tunnel Fire: The Case for an Affluence-Vulnerability Interface

Gregory L. Simon

in Flame and Fortune in the American West: Urban Development, Environmental Change, and the Great Oakland Hills Fire

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520292802
eISBN:
9780520966161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520292802.003.0002
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Environmental Geography

The 1991 Oakland Hills Tunnel Fire is perhaps the most significant urban wildfire in United States history. Located in northeastern Oakland, California, and stretching northward into the city of ... More


Smoke Screen: When Explaining Wildfires Conceals the Incendiary

Gregory L. Simon

in Flame and Fortune in the American West: Urban Development, Environmental Change, and the Great Oakland Hills Fire

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520292802
eISBN:
9780520966161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520292802.003.0007
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Environmental Geography

This chapter presents three cases that illustrate how the underlying drivers of wildland-urban interface (WUI) wildfires frequently mischaracterize the relative role of ecological and social ... More


Debates of Distraction: Our Inability to See the Incendiary for the Spark

Gregory L. Simon

in Flame and Fortune in the American West: Urban Development, Environmental Change, and the Great Oakland Hills Fire

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520292802
eISBN:
9780520966161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520292802.003.0008
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Environmental Geography

This chapter presents two debates that illustrate how key decision-makers become mired in ideologically contentious disagreements, and how these issues distract nearly all parties from directly ... More


Conclusion: From Excavating to Treating the Incendiary

Gregory L. Simon

in Flame and Fortune in the American West: Urban Development, Environmental Change, and the Great Oakland Hills Fire

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520292802
eISBN:
9780520966161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520292802.003.0011
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Environmental Geography

This concluding chapter begins by using the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona to illustrate the real risks and human tragedies that arise when fighting fires that threaten residential communities. The ... More


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