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Introduction to Fire in California

ISBN-10: 0520255771

ISBN-13: 9780520255777

Edition: 2008

Authors: David Carle

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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 acclaimedIntroduction to Air in CaliforniaandIntroduction 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. Introduction to Fire in Californiafeatures: * 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
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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
The Flames of History
California's 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
Fire-Safe Planning: During the Fire
What to Do after the Fire
Kindling Change
Online Fire Resources
Glossary
References
Art Credits
Additional Captions
Index