Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout

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Pan Macmillan, Mar 1, 2012 - Forest fires - 300 pages
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An unforgettable memoir of solitude, wilderness and wildfires. "I've watched deer and elk frolic in the meadow below me, and pine trees explode in a blue ball of smoke. If there's a better job anywhere on the planet, I'd like to know what it is." For nearly a decade, Philip Connors has spent half of each year in a small room at the top of a tower, on top of a mountain, alone in millions of acres of remote American wilderness. His job: to look for wildfires.Capturing the wonder and grandeur of this most unusual job and place, Fire Season evokes both the eerie pleasure of solitude and the majesty, might and beauty of untamed fire at its wildest. Connors' time up on the peak is filled with drama - there are fires large and small; spectacular midnight lightning storms and silent mornings awakening above the clouds; surprise encounters with smokejumpers, black bears, and an abandoned, dying fawn. Filled with Connors' heartfelt reflections on our place in the wild, Fire Season is an instant modern classic: a remarkable memoir that is at once an homage to the beauty of nature, the blessings of solitude, and the freedom of the independent spirit.

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User Review  - Randall.Hansen - LibraryThing

Really loved this book, part history of the Forest Service and its changing ways of looking at (and dealing with) wildfire, part autobiography of a guy who manned a fire tower in the Gila National ... Read full review

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User Review  - mcola - LibraryThing

Excellent well written book and very entertaining. The author does a great job in telling the of his time in a forest fire lookout tower. Despite the loneliness and boring hours that the job entails ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Philip Connors has worked as a bartender, a baker, a house painter, a janitor, and an editor at the Wall Street Journal. His essays have appeared in Harper's, the Paris Review, the Dublin Review and the London Review of Books. He lives in New Mexico with his wife and their dog.

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