Fire by Stephen Pyne
A Brief History (Cycle of )

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Here, in one concise book, is the essential story of fire. Pyne describes the evolution of fire through prehistoric and historic times down to the present, examining contemporary attitudes from a long-range, informed perspective. It also surveys the principles behind aboriginal and agricultural fire practices, the characteristics of urban fire, and the relationship between controlled combustion and technology.
 

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Stephen J. Pyne is a professor at Arizona State University. The author of ten acclaimed books on environmental history, he won the 1995 "Los Angeles Times'" Robert Kirsch Award for his career contribution to arts & letters. He lives in Glendale, Arizona.
 
Published October 15, 2011 by University of Washington Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Historian Pyne (Arizona State Univ.) has written several books (World Fire, 1995, etc.) about the impact of fire in such far-flung places as Australia and the Grand Canyon as part of a series he has titled ``Cycle of Fire.'' He now adds a strong entry to this series with this epic look at fire as...

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Pyne's latest is the final chapter in the Cycle of Fire (including Vestal Fire; Burning Bush), a six-part suite charting th

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Pyne's latest is the final chapter in the Cycle of Fire (including Vestal Fire; Burning Bush), a six-part suite charting th

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Over the millennia, contends Pyne, humans used fire to sustain slash-and-burn agriculture, and fires set judiciously or occurring spontaneously benefited ecosystems by exposing land to more sunlight, restructuring relationships among species, decomposing debris and fostering biodiversity.

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Pyne's latest is the final chapter in the Cycle of Fire (including Vestal Fire;

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At times, he is even a poet: "Fire forced, fire stressed, fire quickened."

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On the other hand, however, he perceptively points out that the British North America Act’s cursed division of powers between Ottawa and the provinces and the plethora of geographical features that makes fire and fire management so different across the country have fettered our ability to becom...

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He summarizes interesting historical accounts of some early explorers who described fire and its impact on our forest landscapes, and he documents the development of the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System that is used by fire managers across Canada and several other countries.

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