First, put out the fire!

Rescuing western National Forests from nature's wildfire pandemic

ISBN: 978-1-7923-3277-7
By: Petersen, James


First, Put Out the Fire! is a fast-paced treatise about the devastating impacts of wildfires in western national forests. Jim’s narrative style and his grasp of forest history are exceptional. He avoids the usual traps in his explanations of the roles that thinning and prescribed fire can play in reducing the frequency and severity of much larger wildfires. This is an excellent book that deserves its own niche in forestry and forest policy classrooms.


James Petersen

Jim Petersen is a journalist, writer and founder of the non-profit Evergreen Foundation, a leading advocate for science- based forestry. The nation’s forests and its wood products industry have been his beat since the late 1960s. Among his numerous awards: the Society of American Foresters 2003 Outstanding Forestry JournalismAward. This is his third book. He writes from Dalton Gardens, Idaho where he lives with his wife, Julia.