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100 1 Struzik, Edward,|d1954-|eauthor.
245 10 Firestorm :|bhow wildfire will shape our future /|cEdward
264 1 Washington, DC :|bImprint: Island Press,|c2017.
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504 Includes bibliographical references.
505 0 The beast awakens -- Inside the mind of a wildfire -- A
history of fire suppression -- Visions of the Pyrocene --
Water on fire -- The big smoke -- Drought, disease,
insects, and wildfire -- Fire on ice -- Agent of change --
Resilience and recovery.
520 For two months in the spring of 2016, the world watched as
wildfire ravaged the Canadian town of Fort McMurray.
Firefighters named the fire "the Beast." It acted like a
mythical animal, alive with destructive energy, and they
hoped never to see anything like it again. Yet it's not a
stretch to imagine we will all soon live in a world in
which fires like the Beast are commonplace. A glance at
international headlines shows a remarkable increase in
higher temperatures, stronger winds, and drier lands- a
trifecta for igniting wildfires like we've rarely seen
before. This change is particularly noticeable in the
northern forests of the United States and Canada. These
forests require fire to maintain healthy ecosystems, but
as the human population grows, and as changes in climate,
animal and insect species, and disease cause further
destabilization, wildfires have turned into a potentially
uncontrollable threat to human lives and livelihoods. Our
understanding of the role fire plays in healthy forests
has come a long way in the past century. Despite this, we
are not prepared to deal with an escalation of fire during
periods of intense drought and shorter winters, earlier
springs, potentially more lightning strikes and hotter
summers. There is too much fuel on the ground, too many
people and assets to protect, and no plan in place to deal
with these challenges. In this book, the author visits
scorched earth from Alaska to Maine, and introduces the
scientists, firefighters, and resource managers making the
case for a radically different approach to managing
wildfire in the 21st century. Wildfires can no longer be
treated as avoidable events because the risk and dangers
are becoming too great and costly. The author weaves a
heart-pumping narrative of science, economics, politics,
and human determination and points to the ways that we,
and the wilder inhabitants of the forests around our
cities and towns, might yet flourish in an age of growing
650 0 Wildfires.
650 0 Wildfires|xPrevention and control.
655 0 Electronic book.
655 4 Electronic books.
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