Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors

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From April to August since 2002 Connors has parked himself in a Depression-era lookout tower on the top of 10,000 foot Apache Peak in the "epicenter of American wildfire", New Mexico's Gila Wilderness. As a employee of the U.S. Fire Circus his duties are spare: report the weather, answer the radio, relay messages, and "call in new smokes." But the life of an lyrically observant lookout (motto: "Every day spent in a lookout is a day not subtracted from the sum of one's life.") is far from boring. Connors weaves social and natural history, gentle environmentalism, and poetic reflections generated by long stretches of solitude into a Thoreau-esque narrative spanning a single fire season. With a fine eye for detail Connor's voice is often lyrical and never far from gentle irony. This is nature writing at its finest. Check Our Catalog

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