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A Fire Survey

The University of Arizona Press
In Florida, fire season is plural, and it is most often a verb. Something can always burn. Fires burn longleaf, slash, and sand pine. They burn wiregrass, sawgrass, and palmetto. The lush growth, the dry winters, the widely cast sparks—Florida is built to burn.

In this important new collection of essays on the region, Stephen J. Pyne colorfully explores the ways the region has approached fire management. Florida has long resisted national models of fire suppression in favor of prescribed burning, for which it has ideal environmental conditions and a robust culture. Out of this heritage the fire community has created institutions to match. The Tallahassee region became the ignition point for the national fire revolution of the 1960s. Today, it remains the Silicon Valley of prescription burning. How and why this happened is the topic of a fire reconnaissance that begins in the panhandle and follows Floridian fire south to the Everglades.

Florida is the first book in a multivolume series describing the nation’s fire scene region by region. The volumes in To the Last Smoke will also cover California, the Northern Rockies, the Great Plains, the Southwest, and several other critical fire regions. The series serves as an important punctuation point to Pyne’s fifty-year career with wildland fire—both as a firefighter and a fire scholar. These unique surveys of regional pyrogeography are Pyne’s way of “keeping with it to the end,” encompassing the directive from his rookie season to stay with every fire “to the last smoke.”
Stephen J. Pyne is a historian in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including The Ice: A Journey to Antarctica, How the Canyon Became Grand: A Short History, and Voyager: Exploration, Space, and the Third Great Age of Discovery. He is also the author of Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America, published by the University of Arizona Press.
Series Preface: To the Last Smoke
Preface to Volume 1
Map of Florida
PROLOGUE: Flaming Florida

Greater Tallahassee
Hearth: American Fire’s Silicon Valley
After the Revolution: Tall Timbers Research Station
Into the Open Air: The National Prescribed Fire Training Center
Our Pappies Are Still Burning the Woods: The Southern Culture Behind Prescribed Fire
Not Even Past: Ichauway Plantation and the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center
The Florida Forest Service: Florida’s Fire Fulcrum

INTERLUDE: The Many Reasons for and Singular Reality of Florida Fire

Panhandle and Pen insula
The More Things Change: Eglin Air Force Base
Regime Change: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
East Is East, West Is West: Deseret Ranches
A Tale of Two Landscapes: Myakka River State Park and Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area
One Foot in the Black: The Nature Conservancy in Florida
Fire 101 at Star Fleet Academy: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Under the Dome: Big Cypress National Preserve
The Everburns: Everglades National Park

EPILOGUE: Florida Between Two Fires
Note on Sources
Illustrations follow page
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