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As an experienced wildland firefighter, Strohmaier recounts tales of fighting fires in the West and philosophically examines the broad meaning of fire in our lives. By following the changing characteristics of wildfires through each of the four seasons, he explains the different nature of each and also investigates the ongoing debate regarding fire suppression vs. letting nature take its course. The book includes a nicely annotated bibliography and an index (not seen) as well as a recollection of the author's visit to the site of the South Canyon (Colorado) fire shortly after 14 firefighters died there in 1994. Recommended for larger natural history (especially Western U.S.) collections, this is a good companion piece to Michael Thoele's chiefly historical examination of the subject, Fire Line: The Summer Battles of the West (Fulcrum, 1995). Tim Markus, Evergreen State Coll. Lib., Olympia, WA
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"This is a unique book. I know of no other quite like it. Strohmaier makes a significant contribution to the burgeoning literature about wildfire." - Peter List, editor of Environmental Ethics and Forestry: A Reader "Those whose lives are affected when plumes of smoke rise into the August sky will find here a thoughtful contribution to the story of their hopes and fears." - Western American Literature"
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Product Details

  • Series: Environmental Arts and Humanities Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press; First Edition edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087417483X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874174830
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,125,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Benefield on September 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
Strohmaier captures the essense of what calls people from all walks of life to a world of flames and wild places.
As a veteran wildland firefighter for over 24 years,
it was a joy to read about the spirit that exist within every wildland firefighter. If you want to understand the
essentials of what motivates wildland firefighters, read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mic x on November 5, 2001
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Seasons of Fire by David J. Strohmaier is a superbly written, artistic, and thought-provoking novel on humankind's relationship to fire. Like the author, I too have "engaged" the fires of summer,which stirred deep, ontological questions about human evolution's debt to fire. The author expresses such ideas in a free-flowing narrative that bursts with imagery. Deep yet accesible (I will admit to using the dictionary at least once every 50 pages, but I admire an author who can skillfully use words that I should know, but don't).
To ape the vernacular of Hollywood producers, "it's like Edward Abbey meets Garrison Keillor!" David J. Strohmaier provides beatific explorations of philosophical questions with a smooth, down-home panache. I have never had the pleasure of attacking a fire with gunny sacks, but the author makes me wish I had:
"There is pleasure in completing little tasks--sweating your way up a hill to the flank of a fire under the sun and open sky of mid-July, then, in the company of several others, swatting out flames until either you smother all movement, or cool, moist night air tucks the fire in for the evening. This genuine satisfaction does not abdicate you from the responsibility of asking why you are doing what you are doing, and why it is meaningful. And of all the seasons of the year, summer, the summer of fire, is when these questions are cured."
Descriptions of a bygone Halloween when the author dressed as Satan himself, dancing around a fire, made me laugh out loud. A truly provocative and enjoyable book. I look forward to his next work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted Hughes on January 31, 2002
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Dave Strohmaier masterfully paints us a portrait of wildfire in the West, drawing from a palette of sensitivity to the earth, gritty practical experience, humor, and skilled writing craft. He calls attention to the beauty of many elements of nature we take for granted, its paradoxes, and draws complex associations between these and wildfire. This book is not a primer on how wildfires are fought. It is a loving and thorough philosophical exploration of the meaning of fire, nature, and humanity.
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