Maintaining focus: an introduction to anthropogenic fire
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): S. J. Pyne
Publication Year: 1994

Cataloging Information

  • aborigines
  • agriculture
  • air quality
  • Australia
  • biomass
  • charcoal
  • combustion
  • Europe
  • everglades
  • Finland
  • fire adaptations (plants)
  • fire exclusion
  • forest management
  • fuel appraisal
  • Greece
  • histories
  • human caused fires
  • ignition
  • lightning caused fires
  • Mediterranean habitats
  • prehistoric fires
  • Scandinavia
  • season of fire
  • slash and burn
  • statistical analysis
  • Sweden
  • wildlife habitat management
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 10449
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The capture of fire by the genus Homo changed forever the natural history of the Earth. Even today fire appears at the core of many popular scenarios for an environmental apocalypse. Yet the larger history of fire - the varied ways human society have sought to use and control fire, the trajectory of change over centuries if not millennia - is not well known. This paper sketches a conceptual framework for understanding the ecology of anthropogenic fire and how such fire practices compete with natural ignition sources and with the industrial combustion of fossil fuels.

Pyne, S. J. 1994. Maintaining focus: an introduction to anthropogenic fire. Chemosphere, v. 29, no. 5, p. 889-911.