Fire's American Century

Forest fire scene: Steve Pyne has written many books about the history of fire around the world

ASU Regents' Professor Steve Pyne presents this overview of fire history and management in the United States as part of the Science and Mathematics Colloquium Series at ASU's Polytechnic campus.

"Landscape fire history over the past century falls into two broad eras," said Pyne. "The first sought to remove fire as fully as possible. The second, 50 years later, sought to restore good fire. The coming era, however, promises to be a mashup of strategies and purposes, arising from the legacy of the previous efforts."

Pyne is the author of 30 books, most recently “Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America” and “To the Last Smoke,” a suite of short regional fire surveys. 

Other fire books include histories for Australia, Canada, Europe and the Earth overall.  Among his other writings are “The Ice: A Journey to Antarctica”; “How the Canyon Became Grand”; “Voyager: Exploration, Space, and the Third Great Age of Discovery”; and “Voice and Vision.”  

He teaches an ASU graduate course on nonfiction writing.

Faculty and practitioners discuss their current research and field projects in the Science and Mathematics Colloquium Series, held throughout the academic year at the ASU Polytechnic campus and organized by the Faculty of Science and Mathematics in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

Department: 
Faculty of Science and Mathematics, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Contact: 
C. Ryan Penton
Location: 
Student Union, Cooley Ballroom C, Polytechnic campus
Campus: 
Polytechnic campus
Price: 
Free