Wildfire: Book Talk with Heather Hansen (Hood River)

Join Waucoma Bookstore, Mountaineers Books, Oregon Wild and CCA in welcoming author Heather Hansen to share the story of her book, Wildfire, which brings equal measures of sciences and drama to the issue of combating ever larger, more intense wildland fires. Hanson spent eighteen months immersed in fire science and policy, shadowing the elite firefighters of Station 8 near Boulder, Colorado, through their daily training regimens, public interaction, and an all-out week-long battle against a mountain blaze that tested their intensively honed skills and endurance.

She explores many aspects of wildfires, from the history of the national parks and development of forest management techniques to the most up-to-date computer models of fire behavior and micrometeorology. Her lively reportage combines interviews, mountain hikes, visits to fire labs, and even her game attempts to keep up with hotshot trainees and the Station 8 firefighters. With the fires that we experience throughout the Gorge, this author discussion is certain to be meaningful.

Free and open to the community. Beer and wine available for purchase.

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Heather Hansen is an award-winning reporter, specializing in environmental and travel journalism. Her work has appeared in Men’s Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, Outside, and other publications, and she is the coauthor of Disappearing Destinations: 37 Places in Peril and What Can Be Done to Help Save Them. Her book, Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears: 100 Years of the National Park Service, published by Mountaineers Books, won the Colorado Authors’ League General Nonfiction award and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Heather lives in Boulder. 

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