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California Natural History Guides #95: Introduction to Fire in California

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Publisher Comments:

What is fire? How are wildfires ignited? How do California's weather and topography influence fire? How did the California Indians use fire? In the spirit of his highly acclaimed Introduction to Air in California and Introduction to Water in California, David Carle now turns to another fundamental element of the natural world, giving a fascinating and concise view of this complex topic. His clearly written, dramatically illustrated book will help Californians, including the millions who live near naturally flammable wildlands, better understand their own place in the state's landscape. Carle covers the basics of fire ecology; looks at the effects of fire on wildlife, soil, water, and air; discusses firefighting organizations and land management agencies; explains current policies; and explores many other topics.

Features:

* 91 color illustrations and 15 maps

* Tips on what to do before, during, and after fires

* An overview of major wildfires in California's history

* A discussion of the effect of climate change on fires in natural landscapes

A book in the Californians and Their Environment subseries, dedicated to understanding human influences on the state's ecology and natural resources

Synopsis:

“Carle does an excellent job of telling complex social, biological, and physical stories in a way that makes them not only accessible, but also interesting.”—Neil G. Sugihara, coeditor of Fire in California's Ecosystems

“A welcome contribution to the California Natural History Guides series that integrates the natural and cultural history of fire in California in an engaging style.”—James K. Agee, author of Steward's Fork and Fire Ecology of Pacific Northwest Forests

About the Author

David Carle worked as a California State Park ranger for twenty-seven years. He is author of Introduction to Water in California, Introduction to Air in California (both from UC Press), and Burning Questions: America's Fight with Nature's Fire, among other books

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

THE NATURE OF FIRE

What Is Fire?

The Fire Triangle

Oxygen: Fire Breath, Fuel: Fire Food, Heat: Fire Energy

Ignition Sources

Fire Behavior

Weather, Topography: Lay of the Land

FIRE AND LIFE ACROSS CALIFORNIA

Fire Regimes

Seeds, Sprouts, and All of the Above

Vegetation Types and Fire: Chaparral Shrublands, Conifer Forests, Oak Woodlands and Savannas, Sagebrush, Shrublands and Pinyon-Juniper Forests, Deserts, Grasslands, Wetlands and Riparian Woodlands

Wildlife

Soil, Water, and Air

Climate Change

FLAMES OF HISTORY

Californias Light-Burning Debate

The Big Ones

BURNING ISSUES

Fighting Back: Tactics and Weaponry

Making Peace: Restoring Fire

The Chaparral Dilemma

Fire Plans

Logging versus Thinning

GETTING READY: LIFE ON THE EDGE

Wildland-Urban Interface

Becoming a Fire-Adapted Californian

Fire-Safe Planning: Before the Fire: Defensible Space

Fire-Safe Planning: During the Fire: Outdoors, Indoors,

After the Fire

Kindling Change

Online Fire Resources

Glossary

References

Art Credits

Additional Captions

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520255777
Author:
Carle, David
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Forest fires
Subject:
Fire ecology
Subject:
Agriculture - Forestry
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Fire Science
Subject:
Fire ecology -- California.
Subject:
Wildfires -- California.
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
California Natural History Guides
Series Volume:
95
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
91 color photos, 8 color line illustrati
Pages:
236
Dimensions:
7.31x4.52x.58 in. .68 lbs.

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“Carle does an excellent job of telling complex social, biological, and physical stories in a way that makes them not only accessible, but also interesting.”—Neil G. Sugihara, coeditor of Fire in California's Ecosystems

“A welcome contribution to the California Natural History Guides series that integrates the natural and cultural history of fire in California in an engaging style.”—James K. Agee, author of Steward's Fork and Fire Ecology of Pacific Northwest Forests

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