Running Out of Time
Wildfires and Our Imperiled Forests
by David L. Auchterlonie and Jeffrey A. Lehman
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Pub Date 11 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 18 Sep 2023
Amplify Publishing Group, Amplify Publishing
Of all the natural disasters we face on Earth, a wildfire is the only catastrophe that is controllable—and in many cases, predictable. Costing thousands of lives each year and as much as $300 billion annually in the United States alone, wildfires are fueled by human behavior, environmental factors, and in many cases, the mismanagement, ineptitude, and lack of candor by governmental agencies. Running Out of Time: Wildfires and Our Imperiled Forests is the culmination of more than 10 years of extensive research, expert interviews, and personal experience. It exposes the inexplicable policies, practices, and deception of the federal agencies responsible for the nation’s forest oversight, revealing dangerous vulnerabilities in current wildfire suppression systems and forest management practices.
Beyond the exhaustive and comprehensive discussion of the root causes and history of wildfires in the U.S., David Auchterlonie and Jeffrey Lehman also provide solutions that can save lives, land, property, and the environment. Both a national and a global threat, the wildfires that make headlines do not exist in isolation, and have drastic consequences for neighboring countries and our collective resources that influence everything from trade to what families eat at night. Despite the challenges ahead, Running Out of Time remains forward-looking and solutions-oriented.
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"America is facing a wildfire and smoke crisis that is needlessly destroying our communities and natural environment. Based on exhaustive research, this book describes our broken systems of forest and wildland fire management and offers a variety of innovative and proactive solutions. It’s time for our elected officials to stop making excuses and start addressing this crisis so we can finally bend the curve of today’s mega-fires." —Nick Smith, Founder, Healthy Forests / Healthy Communities, www.healthyforests.org
"Who would have ever guessed that two guys from California and Georgia could write an exceptionally well researched book explaining the underlying causes of the West’s wildfire pandemic?
Well, they did it. David Auchterlonie – a corporate turnaround specialist and Jeffrey Lehman, a propeller head with impressive aviation credentials – have assembled the finest wildfire primer to come down the pike in many years.
Indeed, data rich Running Out of Time: Wildfires and Our Imperiled Forests is a terrific desk reference for anyone who needs “grab and go” information concerning the nation’s wildfire crisis.
Their earthy writing style is easy to understand and it gains towering strength from their generous use of well-illustrated federal data sets that will leave you wondering why in the world our wildfire pandemic wasn’t corralled years ago. They answer that question too. Buy the book!" —Jim Petersen, author, First, Put Out the Fire!, Founder and Chairman, The Evergreen Foundation, www.evergreenmagazine.com
"Neglected for decades, America’s public forestlands are highly vulnerable to increased catastrophic wildfires, insects and disease which threaten the health of the nation’s private forestlands as well. Communities, wildlife, water resources and natural landscapes face increased jeopardy without additional human and capital resources. At least 100 million acres of national forests are at risk of severe wildfire without active forest management.
Unfortunately, our communities have suffered from the lack of effective forest management, wildfire suppression and timber harvests. Today, anti-forestry obstruction and litigation prevent public land managers from implementing forest projects that reduce the risks of wildfires and the carcinogenic smoke they create. Regardless of the misguided good intentions behind these efforts, they are literally loving the forests they wish to protect to death! This book thoroughly examines how our federal and state firefighting agencies lack the funding to meet today’s wildland fire crisis. It provides insights into current firefighting and forest management practices and proposes solutions.
The authors suggest using novel private-public partnerships to muster the resources needed to act now to implement practical and necessary solutions as were accomplished in Texas. The book offers the opportunity to time-test scientifically proven alternatives and emerging technological advancements to determine the best forest management practices based on regional forest conditions. The incentives identified also allow ample investment to address our neglected forest management and wildfire suppression needs." —Tom Boggus, Chairman, National Association of State Foresters Foundation, Director Emeritus, Texas A&M Forest Service (2008 – 2021), www.stateforesters.org/foundation
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As a Californian, I know how dangerous wildfires can be, Unfortunately, most people don't understand the impact they have on us. This book clearly tells the story of why we should pay attention to wildfires and what we can do about them.
With forests burning across much of Canada and acrid smoke enveloping New York City, wildfires are a hot topic, both literally and figuratively. And unfortunately, they are here to stay.
Not surprisingly, many new books are exploring the matter in different ways. If you are looking for a classic, gripping nonfiction piece, I have already recommended the brilliant "Fire Weather" by John Valiant. But if you are looking for a resource to help you sort through all the fire-related information, "Running Out of Time" is a good choice.
The authors have gathered all the expert knowledge on the causes of the current situation, its consequences, and methods to combat it. Deeply researched and full of facts and figures, it may not be a page-turner, but it will be a treat for someone truly interested in the subject. I, for one, found it a valuable addition to my growing wildfire collection.
Thanks to the publisher, Amplify Publishing Group, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book.