Briefly traces the history of wildfire before going on to discuss types, when and where they start, their behavior, ecological effects, fighting and preventing them.
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As Cone makes abundantly clear, the uncontrolled fires--commonly called wildfires--that are frequently in the news are a worldwide phenomenon, occurring in grasslands and forests. It is only recently that people have begun to acknowledge that such fires are not necessarily destructive, but a key factor in the maintaining of a healthy ecosystem. The author covers every aspect of wildfires, the good and the bad, from inception to extinction, and illustrates this well-organized and informative text with dozens of striking full- color photographs of fires and firefighters. Ways of fighting wildfires are clearly described, as are ways to prevent them. This fine entry in the Nature in Action series concludes with a page of facts. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6-10) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-5. Full-color photographs and a crisp layout accompany information on many aspects of outdoor fires, including the history of fire, chemical and environmental factors, visual and textual descriptions, and how wildfires are fought. One section describes how to prevent them. Particularly useful are the full-color diagrams on radiation, convection, and conduction. This title fits well between Gail Gibbons's Fire! Fire! (HarperCollins, 1984) for younger readers and Leigh Wood's Fires (21st Century, 1994) for older readers. A vivid look at a hot topic.?Ellen M. Riordan, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
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Book Description Carolrhoda Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1575050277
Book Description Carolrhoda Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1575050277