Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Aug 22, 2017 - Nature - 368 pages
As forest fires continue to ravage communities, this bestselling author and firefighter explores what causes them, and captures the danger and heroism of those who fight them

In Megafire, a world-renowned journalist and forest fire expert travels to the most dangerous and remote wildernesses, as well as to the backyards of people faced with these environmental disasters, to look at the heart of this phenomenon and witness firsthand the heroic efforts of the firefighters and scientists racing against time to stop it—or at least to tame these deadly flames.

From Colorado to California, China to Canada, the narrative hopscotches the globe and takes readers to the frontlines of the battle both on the ground and in the air, and in the laboratories, universities, and federal agencies where this issue rages on. Through this prism of perspectives, Kodas zeroes in on a handful of the most terrifying and tumultuous of these environmental disasters in recent years—the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona that took the lives of nineteen elite “hotshot” firefighters, the Waldo Canyon Fire that overwhelmed the city of Colorado Springs—and more in a page-turning narrative that puts a face on the brave people at the heart of this issue. Megafire describes the profound impact of these fires around the earth and will change the way we think about the environment and the essential precariousness of our world.
 

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If you live in the west Wildfires are a part of life here. The author a very good job explaining why these fires are becoming more and more intense and destructive. And his answers are balanced. It’s ... Read full review

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Having seen the recent movie about the deaths of these firefighters, I simply didn’t want to read the story in print as well. Regardless of the term used, wildfires are definitely larger and more ... Read full review

Contents

Our Greatest Ally Our Fiercest Foe
25
The Crowded Forest
59
Turning Up the Heat
113
Extended Attack
175
Backfire
243
Back Matter
310
Back Flap
367
Back Cover
368
Spine
369
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MICHAEL KODAS is the associate director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder, an award-winning photojournalist and reporter, and author of the best-selling book High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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