From Library Journal
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
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"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"