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Blazing HeritageA History of Wildland Fires and National Parks$
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Hal K. Rothman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311167.001.0001

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Yellowstone and the Politics of Disaster

Yellowstone and the Politics of Disaster

Blazing Heritage

Hal K. Rothman (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the implications of the fire at Yellowstone National Park in the summer 1988. The fire shattered the existing fire management program, illustrating not only the boundaries inherent in the implementation of policy, but the inability of current strategies to meet extraordinary challenge. In essence, conflagrations such as the ones that occurred at Yellowstone transformed fire policy from a science-based response to a political issue.

Keywords:   Yellowstone National Park, fire management policy, national parks, National Park Service

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