Introduction to Fire in California / Edition 1

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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.
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"The chapter on "Getting Ready: Life on the Edge" is worth the price of admission. It diagrams creating a defensible space around your home and what to do during a fire evacuation . . . . One way to thank the firefighters and volunteers is to become more informed about fire. This book will help."--Chico Enterprise-Record

"Like a scary souvenir of 2008 [it] explains how and why. A pyro would slaver over its pictures."--East Bay Express

"It tells everything readers need to know about wildfires: how they spread and what their effects are."--Palo Alto Weekly

"Well written, yet simple enough for broad appeal."--Choice: Current Reviews For Academic Libraries

Chico Enterprise-Record

“The chapter on "Getting Ready: Life on the Edge" is worth the price of admission. It diagrams creating a defensible space around your home and what to do during a fire evacuation . . . . One way to thank the firefighters and volunteers is to become more informed about fire. This book will help.”
East Bay Express

“Like a scary souvenir of 2008 [it] explains how and why. A pyro would slaver over its pictures.”
Palo Alto Weekly

“It tells everything readers need to know about wildfires: how they spread and what their effects are.”
Choice: Current Reviews For Academic Libraries

“Well written, yet simple enough for broad appeal.”
Midwest Book Review

“A handy little book that will help those living in potential brush or forest areas cope with a wildfire.”
Salinas Californian

“This handy little paperback contains a lot of information Central Coast residents, especially those in vulnerable areas, will want to read up on before we get into the summer months. . . . This is a book you want to read now.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520255777
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/4/2008
  • Series: California Natural History Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 4.58 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author


David Carle worked as a California State Park ranger for twenty-seven years. He is author of Introduction to Water in California, Introduction to Air in California (both from UC Press), and Burning Questions: America's Fight with Nature's Fire, among other books
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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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