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Fire on the Rim: A Firefighter's Season at the Grand Canyon Paperback – January 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295974834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295974835
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pyne ( The Ice ) spent 15 seasons as a firefighter on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. In this lively account of one season, he introduces us to the tightly knit world of a fire crew, to the complex geography of the North Rim, to the technique and changing philosophy of fire management. Firefighters, the migrant workers of the National Park Service, look askance at its career employees, we're told: Park Naturalists are "fern feelers" and Rangers are simply police officers. Pyne makes trenchant comments about the Park Service and its emphasis on people rather than resource management; as more visitors come into an area, Rangers replace fire crews. A firefighter needs resourcefulness and stamina, writes Pyne, and these qualities are amply represented in his tales of men in the field, forest and on the Rim. The book will appeal to readers who enjoy action; it will also appeal to those interested in the human-wildfire-nature relationship.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It tells what a fire season is like for young men making an adventure of their summer job.
cbhensley
I have long been a fan of Stephen J Pyne who is, in my opinion, the best author on fire in the world.
Carol Collins
Reading this book I can feel the B2 unit digging into my back from my green canvas backpack.
Edward Pulaski

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a great book, written not from a journalistic point of view nor from an official point of view, but from that of somebody who was a fire boss for over a decade on the Grand Canyon's North Rim fire crew. Written as fiction, although it is based on actual events with only the names changed. Edward Abbey, who worked in a fire tower on the North Rim for a couple of seasons, makes a thinly-disguised cameo appearance here as "Abner". Effectively captures the work, the culture, and the humor of forest firefighters in a way that no other book I've read has. If you're at all interested in the subject I'd recommend picking this up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Collins on August 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have long been a fan of Stephen J Pyne who is, in my opinion, the best author on fire in the world. Some of his books do get a bit technical but he always realizes he is sailing over his readers' knowledge level and quickly brings it back down for the non-professional reader.
I have read many of his books but somehow missed this one. It is, in essence, a more personal volume than his other books because it relates his experience fighting fire. That closeness to the flames is an added bonus to his library of work.
If you have read Pyne, you know what I mean.
If you have not, and are at all interested in fire and its impacts, both positive and negative, on our country and society, this is an excellent way to meet the man who will tell you everything you want to know.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward Pulaski on January 2, 2006
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This book describes a seasonal firefighters job in 1977. This was before the advent of much of the specialized equipment used today. He also capture the essencial conflict between the resource/ranger staffs and real live firefighters. Reading this book I can feel the B2 unit digging into my back from my green canvas backpack.
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By cbhensley on October 20, 2013
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Although I didn't spend as many summers on Fire Crews as Stephen Pyne I paid a lot of college expenses wth my Forest Service fire wages. This is an excellent book written from the point of view of a young seasonal fire fighter. It tells what a fire season is like for young men making an adventure of their summer job. I really enjoyed the comparison between the Park Service's free-wheeling ways and that of the Forest Service which is much more structured. I never self-dispatched my crew or jumped some elses fire. Pyne even admits that the USFS, whose beginnings were dedicated to wildfire suppression "wrote the book" on the subject. Anyone who has spent time on Federal firelines should read this book.
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