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Type: Book
Author(s): Stephen J. Pyne
Publication Date: 2010

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.

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  • 1988 Yellowstone fires
  • fire exclusion
  • fire policy
  • fire suppression
  • let-burn policy
  • Yellowstone National Park
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