Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame by Michael Kodas

Into the Wild

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
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ISBN : 0547792085
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Reviews


Barb rated it ★★★★☆

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...


Josh rated it ★★★★☆

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...


Roger rated it ★★★★☆

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...


Edward rated it ★★★★☆

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...


Dan rated it ★★☆☆☆

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.


Andy53 rated it ★★★★★

October 03, 2017

Outstanding book about megafires in the West and how they are likely to become worse in the future.


Seth rated it ★★★★☆

September 14, 2017

Fascinating and Emotional... As an evacuee during the Waldo Canyon Fire this book caught my attention. Kodas provides a good education of the history and science behind wildfire prevention and wildfire risk. But better than that he provides intimate stories of the troubles caused by wildfires and...





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