Reading and Signing: Wildfire with Heather Hansen

Heather Hansen, author of Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8, will join us for a presentation and signing on Wednesday, June 27th.

Every year, wildfires ravage forests, destroy communities, and devastate human lives throughout the West. And, often, the dedication of firefighters is the only safeguard against even greater destruction.
Award-winning journalist Heather Hansen spent a full year “embedded” with the City of Boulder Wildland Fire Division, Station 8, and witnessed firsthand the heroics of its wildland fire crew, one of the busiest in the country. In Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8, she tells a rich and compelling story of modern wildfire science interwoven with the history, landscape, and human behavior that influence our response to these phenomena. As the severity, frequency, and costs of fires increase across the West, Hansen examines the changes in both mindset and activity around wildfires, and tracks our evolving perception of wildfire as something useful, to something feared, to something inevitable and necessary—but still profoundly dreaded.

She writes vividly of the hardships and experiences of the Station 8 firefighters, led by Chief Greg Toll who has worked in firefighting for forty years. Toll’s story, as well as those of wildland fire operations manager Brian Oliver, wildfire operations specialists Mike Smith and Tom Kelsea, and other crew members provide deeper context as Hansen introduces innovators in fire science, both past and present, and reveals their latest ideas and technologies used to understand wildfire behavior and to keep firefighters safe.
Using the Cold Springs, CO fire of 2016 as a case-study, Hansen then takes us through the real-live drama of wildland fire, from the first call for help through the declaration of a federally managed emergency, to the finger-pointing and thank-you notes that follow.

Heather Hansen is an award-winning reporter, specializing in environmental and travel journalism. Her work has appeared in Men’s Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, Outside, and other publications, and she is the coauthor of Disappearing Destinations: 37 Places in Peril and What Can Be Done to Help Save Them. Her book, Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears: 100 Years of the National Park Service, published by Mountaineers Books, won the Colorado Authors’ League General Nonfiction award and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Heather lives in Boulder.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509
Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8 Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781680510713
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mountaineers Books - March 1st, 2018