Read Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame Online Free - 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.
|Title||:||Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
December 01, 2017
I saw this book in the library the day after my sister’s house was lost to the Wine Country fires in California and immediately snatched it up. Michael Kodas, deputy director of the Center for Environmental Journalism, addresses the subject of wildfires and why every year seems to herald increasi...
January 06, 2018
I picked up this book as a result of losing our home in the Tubbs wildfire that wiped out more than 6,000 structures in the Santa Rosa area. Our present circumstance makes us just one more victim of, what Michael Kodas and others have called, a “megafire.”
Unlike the author’s early experience of n...
November 12, 2017
This book traces the history of forest fires from the Big Blow-Up in 1910 which burned about 3 million acres in Washington, Idaho, and Montana to the recent wild fires in the West. The book explores the causes of today's wild fires including the Forest Service's century old policy of fire suppres...
November 29, 2017
I can't say for sure if knowing the author of a book colors my reading or reaction, but in full disclosure I do know this author. Until he pulled up from working at a "competing" paper here in Connecticut for his new gig in Colorado Michael was among my favorite colleagues to see on assignment. I...
November 03, 2017
Not the first book I've read on major wildfires and I'm certain it won't be the last.
Kodas brought a journalist's critical eye to a myriad of issues that plagues wildland suppression efforts, many of which are a culmination of factors that have been ongoing for the past century. The attitudes and...
October 25, 2017
A timely and interesting book about causes and effects of the increasing number of very large and very destructive forest fires in recent years. It mixes a discussion of the causes of the increase with historical accounts of a number of fires and how they affected people in their path and the peo...
December 22, 2017
Fascinating and disturbing reporting about the increase in wildfires in the western United States and how our current method of dealing with them is not successful. Kodas opens with the death of 19 hotshot fire fighters outside of Prescott, AZ then examines the history of wildfire fighting leadin...
October 20, 2017
Giving this title four stars - it was well-researched and well-written. I was not as interested in history or policy and governmental machinations, but was interested in the recent events. Author did a good job of explaining recent fire events and how the season is shortening and growing more int...
October 16, 2017
Really interesting premise. However the book reads like a puppy walks. All over the place with no apparent destination. I couldn't finish it because I was tired of the narrative hopping from place to place without any warning.
December 05, 2017
I think the book needed massive reorganisation -- I understood the goal, but I think it didn't work out right. But it's fascinating stuff.