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Area Ignition: The True Story of the Spanish Ranch Fire Hardcover – May 21, 2009

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Joseph Valencia is the author of three books about fire; The Fire Season, Beyond Tranquillon Ridge,Area Ignition. He lives in Lompoc California. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438969112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438969114
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,742,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Collins on July 22, 2010
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I read this before Valencia's "Beyond Tranquilon Ridge" which details a fire in 1977 on Vandenburg AFB. Both books are well researched and well told, with a minute-by-miniute account of the fires. For anyone interested in wildland fire fighting, this is a good choice.

However, Valencia is obsessed with dashes and drops them into sentences with abandon. I criticized his earlier book because of proof reading errors and, while this book is better, it still desperately needs someone to check spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence construction and tense. All of these disturb the flow of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cavalera on February 11, 2014
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Yeah, this book isn't well written at all. The editing (if there was any) was poor. The flow was not so good. The whole book was very choppy. I read it cover to cover but it wasn't the easiest read (or the hardest, either).

The story itself is extremely compelling to me because it sheds light on a tragedy fire in the wildland setting. It is obvious that lessons were learned as a result and it is very nice that the details of this story are available to all in one place… I just wish that the story was put together with a little more thought and care. Too bad, I really want to like this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 13, 2014
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Learning from the past is one way to try and not repeat it. The loss of life in this fire could have been prevented had they known then what we know now about firefighter safety , strategy and tactics. However, the unbelievably poor editing makes it painful to read this book. So much vital information is presented so poorly. I applaud the author for his thoroughness and certainly hope that his future works will be edited more professionally.
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This is a very informative book and shed light on this seminal fire that the official reports do not. For those with an interest in fire fighting history it is a worthwhile purchase and read.

It is disappointing that the author failed to recognize that the fire was misnamed; the Spanish Ranch was on the other side (south) of the highway, and that the entire incident took place on the Chimineas Ranch, then private property and now a state owned ecological reserve with an informal memorial in place on the ridge so central to the story. A minor issue but one that calls into question the depth of research. Regardless, it is a good read and a tribute to the sacrifices made by wildland firefighters.
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