Document


Title

America's Fires: A Historical Context for Policy and Practice
Document Type: Whole Book
Author(s): Stephen J. Pyne
Publication Year: 2010

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • 1988 Yellowstone fires
  • fire exclusion
  • fire policy
  • fire suppression
  • let-burn policy
  • Yellowstone National Park
Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: December 5, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 56918

Description

America does not have a fire problem. It has many fire problems. The policy of fire exclusion through most of the 20th century seemed successful at first but eventually lead to larger, more intense, and damaging fires. By the mid-1970s federal agencies pulled back from the fire suppression model and embraced a mix of fire practices, including forms of prescribed burning and let-burn policies. The 1988 fires in Yellowstone National Park carried fire issues to the public, advertising the ecological significance of free-burning fire and the dilemmas of trying to manage it. In America’s Fires, Stephen Pyne, the world’s leading fire historian, reviews the historical context of our fire issues and policies. The resulting analysis shows why it is imperative that the nation review its policies toward wildland fires and find ways to live with them more intelligently.

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Citation:
Pyne, Stephen J. 2010. America's Fires: A Historical Context for Policy and Practice. Durham, NC: Forest History Society. 94 p.