Introduction to Fire in California / Edition 1

Introduction to Fire in California / Edition 1

by David Carle
     
 

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…  See more details below

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

The Nature of Fire 1

What is Fire? 3

The Fire Triangle 6

Ignition Sources 13

Fire Behavior 18

Fire and Life Across California 27

Fire Regimes 29

Seeds, Sprouts, and "All of the Above" 32

Vegetation Types and Fire 37

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

Online Fire Resources 163

Glossary 165

References 169

Art Credits 177

Additional Captions 181

Index 183

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