Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout

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Pan Macmillan, 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  - rosalita - LibraryThing

(NB: Quotes from the book are in italics) In the early 2000s, Philip Conors spent eight summers serving as a fire lookout for the U.S. Forest Service, stationed in the Gila National Forest in ... Read full review

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User Review  - jhoaglin - LibraryThing

In this beautifully written memoir the author recounts one of the 5 month seasons he has spent as a Fire Lookout, sitting above the trees in a tower in the Gila National Forest in southern New Mexico ... 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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