Fire in the Hills by Helen Beaglehole
A History of Rural Firefighting

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Gripping and fascinating, this illustrated account explores a previously unstudied yet important aspect of New Zealand’s history: its wildfires. Examining the terrible fires that devastated the country as both Maori and European settlers wrested a livelihood from the land, this book explains the European mentality behind the fires and the resulting vocal arguments against the terrible loss of valuable resources. Based on historical records and oral interviews with employees of the State Forest Service, it also offers a comprehensive look into the approaches and techniques involved in tackling this phenomenon—including the efforts of rural firefighters from the shovel and bucket brigade and those of the firemen and women who form a huge, largely volunteer network.


About Helen Beaglehole

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Helen Beaglehole is a New Zealand writer of juvenile and adult fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of Lighting the Coast.
Published April 1, 2013 by Canterbury University Press. 344 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math.