Megafire by Michael Kodas
The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame

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First-rate research, human interest stories, and intelligent exposés in this book will stay with the reader for years to come. An excellent, if terrifying, must-read if you live anywhere in America (or the world for that matter).
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A brilliant exploration of the rising phenomenon of megafires—forest fires of alarming scale, intensity, and devastation—that explains the science of what is causing 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.
 
 

About Michael Kodas

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Michael Kodas is a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of journalists at "The Hartford Courant", where he has worked since 1987 as a reporter and photographer. His work has also appeared in the "New York Times", the "Los Angeles Times", the "Washington Post", the "Boston Globe", the "Chicago Tribune", and "Newsweek". He lives in Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife, Carolyn Moreau.
 
Published August 22, 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 395 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Excellent
on Jun 06 2017

Worthy of shelving alongside the best of modern firefighting books—and of the broadest audience, especially in territories where fires are likely to rage.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Peter Riva on Aug 03 2017

First-rate research, human interest stories, and intelligent exposés in this book will stay with the reader for years to come. An excellent, if terrifying, must-read if you live anywhere in America (or the world for that matter).

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