Tending Fire (Hardcover)

Coping With America's Wildland Fires

By Stephen Pyne

Island Press, 9781559635653, 256pp.

Publication Date: November 16, 2004

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About the Author

Stephen Pyne is one of the country's (and the world's) foremost writers on fire. He's written numerous books on particular regions of fire in the United States and one on fire in Australia. A firefighter himself in the Grand Canyon region for years, and a former MacArthur Foundation fellow, he's now a professor of history at Arizona State University.


Praise For Tending Fire: Coping With America's Wildland Fires

"In Tending Fire, Stephen Pyne provides a broader context for modern debates over wildfire in America, examining the history of ideas about fire from ancient times, but focusing primarily on the 19th and 20th centuries. In this probing synthesis, Pyne explores not only the past but the present and future of fire politics, offering options for dealing with fire while recognizing its ecological importance."

Forest History Today

"Stephen Pyne has done more than any single person to shape our understanding of the history and ecology of fire. This volume is a powerful synthesis and application of that understanding for the development of sound policies for the management of fire on rapidly changing landscapes."

— Norman Christensen