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The Year Yellowstone Burned: A Twenty-Five-Year Perspective

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The Yellowstone fires of 1988 consumed nearly 800,000 acres--36 percent of the park. In the years following, spectacular wildflowers rose from the ashes and trees rapidly reclaimed the landscape. In this twenty-five-year look back at the fires, author and photographer Jeff Henry recalls not only the summer of 1988, when he witnessed and photographed nearly every aspect of ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published May 9th 2014)
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Clare O'Beara
This is a well written and spectacularly photographed look at the year when fires burned out of control through most of Yellowstone National Park and region.

Wildfires are now considered to be nature's way of using up old dead wood - conifers grow quickly but rot slowly so fires release the nutrients and make room for seedlings. A fire was named after the area where it started and they quickly merged so immense regions were ablaze at once and only the winter's snows ended them. The rangers just
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Anne
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jeff writes about the fires of 1988 in a raw and authentic way; his perspective is even more powerful since he was on the ground, in Yellowstone, during the fire season. His book contains a personal perspective, but he also weaves scientific data and Park management tidbits into his narrative, making for an authentic account that is both entertaining and informative. The book’s photographs and detailed maps add greatly to the story.

My one criticism is that there is only one chapter devoted to t
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Maura
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A day by day account of forest fires in Yellowstone in the summer of 1988. Interesting for anyone familiar with the park. Amazing that tourists were allowed such free access despite the widespread fire situation. It's also a good study of the various policies concerning wildfires, whether to fight them or let them burn. Some good stories of real heroics and also bureaucratic bumbling are interspersed throughout.
Mark Dobbs
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating eye witness account of the 1988 Yellowstone fires.

It satisfied much of my curiosity about what happened in 1988. Now I'm curious to read about the recovery. Fairly and even handed story telling
without political rancor. A must read for any devotee of America's first national park.
Tricia
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really, really liked this book because of the first-hand perspective it provided on the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. While I remember hearing about the Yellowstone Fires, I was between my first and second years of college, and between working two jobs and having knee surgery that summer, I was a little wrapped up in myself. This book provided some great insights into how the summer unfolded and just how major the fires were. The author shares his own story as well as the stories of many others he k ...more
Karen
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
I would have liked to have learned more about wildfire management in a more condensed way. It would have been more informative to understand the pre and post shift in thinking. I also would have liked more information about the media coverage during the fire. Why tourist where allowed in the park. Feels like there was so much more to the story.
Jeanne
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A day by day account and photographs of all the fires in Yellowstone National Park that grew out of control in the summer of 1988. The large format (8.5x11) of the book was great for the photographs, but made reading a little more difficult.
Curt
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent photography and insight into a major occurrence in the history of our national parks.
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a stunning account from a guy who knows what he's talking about!
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