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Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

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    Wonderful read!

    Fire Season Field Notes From A Wilderness by Philip Connors was a delightful surprise on many levels. I have a longterm history of loving the southwest and a great appreciation for authors such as Edward Abbey. Mr. Connors follows in the fire lookout footsteps of luminaries such as Mr. Abbey, Jack Kerouac, and Normal Maclean. He has served up a a truly wonderful narrative on life and the affect that man and fire have had in the mountains of the southwest.

    Fire Season is basically two narratives in one. Mr. Connors alternates between sharing his own stories and ruminations on life as a fire lookout atop Apache Peak as well as giving the reader an overall history of the mountains of New Mexico and the evolution of forestry response to fire beginning with the creation of the Forest Service in 1905. In many regards it is part memoir and part forestry lesson.

    While I enjoyed this book a great deal, it is not for everyone. For those who turn a blind eye toward history this book will probably miss the mark. For those with an appreciation of nature and how complex dynamics such as livestock grazing, watersheds, fire suppression, and bureaucratic blunder affect our natural world, this book will probably be a wise choice. Having spent many of my formative years hiking the trails and fishing the waters of Oregon, I felt quite at home and really enjoyed myself.

    While I enjoyed both aspects of the book, I found myself pushing through to the parts where Mr. Connors romanticized his personal experiences of life as a lookout. His observations and descriptions of detail were both interesting and educational for me. Not to say that the history lessons were not interesting, because they were, but I preferred to read his words on the experience of living atop a 10,000 foot mountain for 100 plus days a year.

    I would whole heartedly recommend this book to anyone who can appreciate a good nature read, especially those with a bent toward the southwest.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    A Must Read for solo adventurists

    The author's writing brought me to the described locations as surely as if I were there. Anyone who seeks solitude, loves the mountains, or has contemplated living on a mountaintop should read this story. It's as close to actually doing it as you will find. It reminded me of my 2 summers as a caretaker at the decommissioned Baltic Lookout in El Dorado National Forest during the summers of 2000 and 2001.

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    Posted March 6, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Great read!!

    Interesting perspective about how being alone doesn't have to be lonely.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

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    Sad It's Over

    What a thoroughly peaceful read. I felt as if I was right there with him

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    A great read!

    For anyone who has fantasized about living the life of a lookout, this is a book about what that life is like. It will occupy a deserved place on my bookshelf next to all my other lookout books.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    great book

    Sensitive portrayal of wilderness from a modern=day fire tower, with a bit of historical reference thrown in. Go there.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Beautifully written!

    This is not my typical read but after hearing Mr. Connors on NPR I had to see what life in a fire lookout tower was like. The descriptions of the environment coupled with his lessons of true environmentalism in the southwest let this book flow effortlessly. Part memoir, part environmental education, part biographical summary of some of the most noted writers and nature lovers out there today! A great read when you're sitting on your porch on a hot summer's day!

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