Fire in America: a cultural history of wildland and rural fire
Document Type: Book
Author(s): S. J. Pyne
Publication Year: 1982

Cataloging Information

  • aborigines
  • agriculture
  • arid regions
  • Arizona
  • catastrophic fires
  • chaparral
  • conservation
  • deserts
  • evolution
  • fire case histories
  • fire control
  • fire danger rating
  • fire equipment
  • fire management
  • fire protection
  • fire regimes
  • fire suppression
  • firebreaks
  • Florida
  • fuel management
  • general interest
  • Georgia
  • grasslands
  • grazing
  • histories
  • human caused fires
  • hunting
  • Idaho
  • ignition
  • incendiary fires
  • Kentucky
  • Komarek, E.V., Sr.
  • light burning
  • lightning caused fires
  • livestock
  • logging
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • national forests
  • national parks
  • Native Americans
  • natural resource legislation
  • New England
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pinchot, G.
  • pine forests
  • Pinus palustris
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • plant diseases
  • prairies
  • private lands
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • range management
  • Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Areas
  • Sequoia sempervirens
  • Smokey Bear program
  • spot fires
  • taiga
  • Tall Timbers Research Station
  • US Forest Service
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
  • wildland fuels
  • wind
  • Wisconsin
  • Yellowstone National Park
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Record Last Modified: July 26, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 37203
Tall Timbers Record Number: 11649
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: SD 421.3 .P96 1982
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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From the book jacket...'From prehistory to the present-day conservation movement, Stephen J. Pyne's narrative explores the efforts of sucessive American cultures to master this forbidding kind of fire and to use it to shape the landscape. He draws not only on academic experience but on fifteen summers as a forest-fire fighter, twelve as crew foreman, on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Discussing nine historical fire regimes as exemplified by nine geographical regions, he analyzes a vast amount of previously unexploited information on the history of fire and relates it to current fire control policy. Showing how the fire regimes began under the influence of American Indian activities, the author describes the Indians as skilled managers whose fire practices prepared the way for the European settlers who displaced them. He then traces the evolution of the regimes from frontier days to the present, including policies, administrative histories of the major agencies, equipment, manpower, and scientific research. For the first time, fire has been brought to history.'

Pyne, S. J. 1982. Fire in America: a cultural history of wildland and rural fire. Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press.