Introduction to Fire in California / Edition 1

Introduction to Fire in California / Edition 1

by David Carle
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520248732

ISBN-13: 9780520248731

Pub. Date: 08/04/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

What is fire? How are wildfires ignited? How do California's weather and topography influence fire? How did the California Indians use fire? In the spirit of his highly acclaimed Introduction to Air in California and Introduction to Water in California, David Carle now turns to another fundamental element of the natural world, giving a fascinating yet concise view of

Overview

What is fire? How are wildfires ignited? How do California's weather and topography influence fire? How did the California Indians use fire? In the spirit of his highly acclaimed Introduction to Air in California and Introduction to Water in California, David Carle now turns to another fundamental element of the natural world, giving a fascinating yet concise view of fire in the Golden State. His clearly written, dramatically illustrated book will help Californians, including the millions who live near naturally flammable wildlands, to better understand their own place in the state's landscape. Carle covers the basics of fire ecology; looks at the effects of fire on wildlife, soil, water, and air; discusses fire-fighting organizations and land-management agencies; explains current policies; and explores many other topics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520248731
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/04/2008
Series:
California Natural History Guides Series
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
The Nature of Fire     1
What Is Fire?     3
The Fire Triangle     3
Oxygen: Fire Breath     7
Fuel: Fire Food     8
Heat: Fire Energy     12
Ignition Sources     13
Fire Behavior     18
Weather     18
Topography: Lay of the Land     23
Fire and Life Across California     27
Fire Regimes     29
Seeds, Sprouts, and "All of the Above"     32
Vegetation Types and Fire     37
Chaparral Shrublands     37
Conifer Forests     46
Oak Woodlands and Savannas     67
Sagebrush, Shrublands and Pinyon-Juniper Forests     68
Deserts     74
Grasslands     76
Wetlands and Riparian Woodlands     78
Wildlife     80
Soil, Water, and Air     84
Climate Change     88
The Flames of History     93
California's Light-Burning Debate     95
The Big Ones     104
Burning Issues     115
Fighting Back: Tactics and Weaponry     117
Making Peace: Restoring Fire     122
The Chaparral Dilemma     128
Fire Plans     132
Logging versus Thinning     136
Getting Ready: Life on the Edge     143
Wildland-Urban Interface     145
Becoming a Fire-Adapted Californian     148
Fire-Safe Planning: Before the Fire     148
Fire-Safe Planning: During the Fire     157
What to Do after the Fire     160
Kindling Change     160
Online Fire Resources     163
Glossary     165
References     169
Art Credits     177
Additional Captions     181
Index     183

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