Fire Season: Field Notes From A Wilderness Lookout has been out for a few months now, but I haven’t had a chance to dive in quite yet. Free books on stoops (see below) are cutting in line.
After a career at the Wall Street Journal, Philip Connors quit, moved to New Mexico and started watching for fires over the beautiful Gila National Forest. That was in 2002 and he’s done that job for the National Forest Service every summer since. Fire Season recounts his stay in 2009, from April to August, with one chapter devoted to each month.
A little bit more to the story, of course, so read the NYT review here, watch a video preview of the book here, and read an excerpt of the book here. 90% of lookout towers in the United States have been decommissioned and only few hundred remain.