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Fire Season by Philip Connors
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it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, nature-ecology

When I was 19 I spent a summer as a forest fire lookout. It changed my life indelibly, and for that reason, I was interested in Philip Connors' book. He does not disappoint.

Phillip, for the past 8 years, has spent the summer fire season on top of a 75 foot tower in the New Mexico wilderness, looking for fires. He has only his dog Alice for company (although his wife does visit for occasional weekends.)

His book is an interesting compendium of how it is to spend that much time alone, a history of fighting fires in America and how that changed after the disastrous Yellowstone fires, and how he and his wife deal with the separation for months at a time.

“We seek out wild raspberry bushes where the last of the year’s fruit is turning ripe; I pluck a handful to accompany my evening treat of chocolate, leaving the rest to the bears. On days of heavy rain, hail drumming on the metal roof, I cloister myself in the cabin, drink hot tea, read in my sleeping bag with a fire going in the woodstove. Tattered flags of fog drift past the mountain when the rain breaks…"

If you enjoy reading about nature, and about the nature of solitude, this book is for you.
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Reading Progress

February 8, 2018 – Started Reading
February 11, 2018 – Shelved
February 11, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction
February 11, 2018 – Shelved as: nature-ecology
February 11, 2018 – Finished Reading

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