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Introduction to Fire in California

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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 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: Defensible Space Fire-Safe Planning: During the Fire: Outdoors, Indoors, After the Fire Kindling Change Online Fire Resources Glossary References Art Credits Additional Captions Index

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David Carle worked as a California State Park ranger for twenty-seven years. He is author of Introduction to Water in California, Introduction to Air in California (both from UC Press), and Burning Questions: America's Fight with Nature's Fire, among other books


"The chapter on "Getting Ready: Life on the Edge" is worth the price of admission. It diagrams creating a defensible space around your home and what to do during a fire evacuation ... One way to thank the firefighters and volunteers is to become more informed about fire. This book will help." Chico Enterprise-Record "Like a scary souvenir of 2008 [it] explains how and why. A pyro would slaver over its pictures." East Bay Express "It tells everything readers need to know about wildfires: how they spread and what their effects are." Palo Alto Weekly "Well written, yet simple enough for broad appeal." Choice: Current Reviews For Academic Libraries "A handy little book that will help those living in potential brush or forest areas cope with a wildfire." Midwest Book Review "This handy little paperback contains a lot of information Central Coast residents, especially those in vulnerable areas, will want to read up on before we get into the summer months... This is a book you want to read now." Salinas Californian

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