Fire In Their Eyes: Wildfires and the People Who Fight Them

Paperback | April 16, 1999

Photographed byKaren Magnuson BeilbyKaren Magnuson Beil

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What drives some people to stand in the path of a wall of flame? Who are these brave, foolhardy, visionary firefighters? This intimate look at the elite groups that fight wildfires explores the trials, tragedies, and triumphs of these courageous few as they battle wilderness blazes from Alaska to Maine. From the grueling training of a smokejumper class in Montana, through harrowing fights with some up-close-and-personal wildfires, to a group of inspired conservationists who use fire as a tool for preservation, Karen Magnuson Beil takes readers where only a few have ventured - into the heart of one of nature's most destructive and unpredictable forces: fire.

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Most people are deathly afraid of fire. But there’s an elite group of firefighters willing jump into the flames. These brave men and women fight one of nature’s deadliest forces to protect people, animals and forests. Karen Magnuson Beil takes us through smoke-jumping classes, tragedies and successes in Fire In Their Eyes, an eye-openi...

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What drives some people to stand in the path of a wall of flame? Who are these brave, foolhardy, visionary firefighters? This intimate look at the elite groups that fight wildfires explores the trials, tragedies, and triumphs of these courageous few as they battle wilderness blazes from Alaska to Maine. From the grueling training of a ...

Karen Magnuson Beil is a former reporter for Chicago's City News Bureau and has also worked as an editor and science writer. She has written several books for children; including "Fire in Their Eyes". A New England native, she now lives in New York State with her family.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.29 inPublished:April 16, 1999Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152010424

ISBN - 13:9780152010423

Appropriate for ages: 10

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Most people are deathly afraid of fire. But there’s an elite group of firefighters willing jump into the flames. These brave men and women fight one of nature’s deadliest forces to protect people, animals and forests. Karen Magnuson Beil takes us through smoke-jumping classes, tragedies and successes in Fire In Their Eyes, an eye-opening look at some of the most courageous people on Earth.

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"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. A chapter devoted to the rigorous training of smokejumpers is followed by an account of fire on Montana's Morrell Mountain, which follows particular firefighters through the many hours of containing the fire and the follow-up care of equipment. Beil touches on some of the topics presented in other books on forest fires but extends coverage of the subject considerably in the range of examples she chooses and in citing the personal experiences of so many firefighters. She discusses both the growing danger zone human inhabitants are creating as they develop housing further into wilderness areas and the planned fires set to restore a natural ecology. Pointing out that nearly a quarter of the nation's wildland firefighters are Native Americans, she discusses some of the earlier native beliefs and practices that are now being used in developing policies for planned burning. The compelling account closes with a selective glossary of terms used by wildfire fighters.