Thursday, May 17, 2007
Fires in Georgia and Florida have recently made the news. These fires destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of woodlands. Now we're hearing of wildfires raging in New Jersey! This is only the beginning of what will certainly be a summer of infernos!
Fire!: The 100 Most Devastating Fires and the Heroes Who Fought Them, by Edward C. Goodman [363.37 GOO] includes many forest fires. Forest fires are difficult to contain, and require different equipment and skills than do building fires. Several books have been written about these types of fires including:
Maclean, John N. Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire. [363.379 MAC]
Maclean, Norman. Young Men and Fire. [628.9 MAC]
Unless NH gets an adequate amount of rain this year, we may be faced with devastating fires of our own. Fortunately, NH has developed a plan, outlined by NH Fire Lookout Historian, Iris W. Baird in Looking Out for Our Forests: The Evolution of a Plan to Protect New Hampshire's Woodlands from Fire [974.2 BAI]. For an illustrated history of NH's firetowers, consult Baird's A Field Guide to New Hampshire Firetowers [974.2 BAI].
For a fun and educational outing with the kids, visit the Museum of New Hampshire History in Concord where you will have the opportunity to climb into a replica of a firetower and view the city! As a Nesmith Library card holder, you can reserve a pass to the Museum.
Remember the words of Smokey Bear, "Only you can prevent wildfires." (In my youth he used to say, "Only you can prevent forest fires." I guess he's updated his message!)
Posted by KURIOUS KITTY at 7:43 AM