Top critical review
3.0 out of 5 starsJust OK, which I know is heresy within woodland fire community but hear me out.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 25, 2021
First of all, I greatly respect the men and women of the woodland firefighting teams especially in the western US where so many fires are difficult to access. Cal Fire, smoke jumpers, Type 1 or 2 or fuel mitigation or volunteers or BLM or local, all of you are heroes. I've studied the South Canyon Fire extensively, though many of you likely recognize it as Storm King Mountain. This book does a good job of exploring the underlying causes and weaknesses in the system that culminated in the disaster. However, it tends to fixate on some things like the meteorologist, while not exploring the individuals' experiences on the day of the blowup. It's a good book, just not a great book. I say thank you to those of you who suit up in the green pants, yellow shirts, and work your tails off to protect life and property.