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Here's a few books to read while you're off-duty, in fire camp, or babysitting houses doing structure protection

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Firefighter's Handbook on Wildland Firefighting by William C. Teie, Dave A. Hubert (Illustrator)
This award-winning textbook is a basic-to-intermediate study of wildland firefighting. It includes weather, fire behavior, use of aircraft, engines and bulldozers, as well as strategies and tactics. Over 40 community colleges and hundreds of fire departments, and state and federal agencies use this textbook. It is also used as a training manual in such countries as the Peoples Republic of China, Spain, and Argentina. Chief Teie worked for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for 34 years. He worked up through the ranks, from seasonal firefighter to Deputy Director for Fire Protection. In this position he was responsible for all of CDF's fire protection programs. He retired in February 1993.


Fire in America : A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Book.)
by Stephen J. Pyne, William Cronon




Fire in Their Eyes : Wildfires and the People Who Fight Them by Karen Magnuson Beil From Horn Book
"Out on the line, a hot fire can make wind and whip it into fire whirls, swirling the flames around in a fleeting tornado-like spiral." The ferocity of fire is forcefully depicted in both narrative and well-chosen photo-graphs in this informative examination of the laborious and dangerous work of controlling wildfires. Vivid photos of men and women working in the midst of fires illustrate the tasks of initial-attack teams, hotshot crews, smokejumpers, and prescribed-burn crews.


Fire on the Mountain : The True Story of the South Canyon Fire by John N. Maclean
From Booklist August 19, 1999
Maclean, a recently retired journalist, collects all the details in hope of discerning the truth behind the deaths of 14 elite fire fighters in a forest conflagration in 1994. Its similarity to the Mann Gulch fire of 1949, which Maclean's father Norman memorialized in the admirable Young Men and Fire (1992), whose lessons imbue the culture of the famed smoke jumpers, makes the recent tragedy the more baffling.

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