Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8

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6.2 X 1.2 X 9.4 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Heather Hansen is an award-winning reporter, specializing in environmental and travel writing. She is the author of Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8, and her work has appeared in High Country News, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, Outside, Mountain Gazette, and others. She splits her time between Boulder, Colorado, and Cambridge, UK. Follow her online at heather-hansen.com.


Wildfire is a primer on both wildfires and firefighting. Hansen mixes history with interviews and descriptions, and the book has a nice you-are-there feeling.... a book that defines the challenge of fighting the devastation that wildfires bring.--Sandra Dallas "The Denver Post "
"This comprehensive and fascinating book concludes with a minute-by-minute account of the fight to contain a Colorado forest fire-it's a unique set piece, one that will help readers understand the skill required, and danger faced, by those who battle the increasing number of sever fires on our fast-warming planet."--Bill McKibben
"Wildfire is a remarkable piece of immersive journalism. Hansen does wonderful work weaving an intimate portrait of the wildland firefighters of Boulder's Station 8 into an exploration of the evolving history and science of how human society interacts with wildfire. An excellent and entertaining book at a critical time in the relationship between humans and fire."--Peter Heller "Author of The Dog Stars and Celine "
In Wildfire, Heather Hansen's "lively reportage.....[and] expertly deconstructed insights come together in a taut final chapter that chronicles the July 2016 [Boulder, Co.] Cold Springs fire. This thoughtful book answers some questions about mitigating human and environmental effects but also warns of political and economic roadblocks. As Station 8 knows well, wildfire is an inevitable and natural occurrence, and we must develop better funding and policies to deal with it."--Rachel Jagareski "Foreword Reviews "
In Wildfire, the journalist Heather Hansen embeds herself in an elite crew of wildland firefighters based in Boulder, Colorado.... Hansen learns and shares some fire science and fire history, filling in the background of the current crisis. She describes the crew's punishing training and their powerful camaraderie, and recounts their stories of fires fought, disasters survived, lessons learned.--William Finnegan "New York Review of Books "
[A] fascinating and topical new book.--Alison Gwinn "Denver Life Magazine "
In the wake of this year's devastating West Coast blazes, Wildfire couldn't be more timely. Hansen embeds with a small crew of elite wildland firefighters as she guides us through the history, science, and human costs behind conflagrations and the challenges faced by the people working to protect us from this growing threat.--Rosa Furneaux "Mother Jones "
Journalist Heather Hansen uses the framework of the Cold Springs Fire, which broke out in July 2016 near her home in Nederland, Colorado, and her nearly two years embedded with Boulder's Station 8 as a framework for exploring the myriad factors--things like climate change, fire management practices, and urban sprawl--that have contributed to what feels like a near constant state of conflagration, while offering ideas for how we can turn this burning ship around.--ShawntΓ© Salabert "Outside "