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Blazing Heritage: A History of Wildland Fires and National Parks

Hal K. Rothman


National parks have played a unique role in the development of wildfire management on American public lands. With a different mission and powerful meaning to the public, the national parks have been a battleground between proponents of fire suppression and proponents of its use as a management tool. This book explains how the national parks have shaped federal fire management. Areas discussed include the military in the national parks (1872-1916), development of fire management structure, the New Deal and fire policy, post-war policies, Yellowstone and Cerro Grande.

Keywords: national parks, wildfire management, fire suppression, federal fire management, the military, Yellowstone, Cerro Grande, fire science, New Deal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195311167
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hal K. Rothman, author
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
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