Following in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac, for a hundred days each summer Philip Connors hikes into the wilderness of New Mexico to undertake the post of wildfire lookout. Chronicling a season in the watchtower, Connors’ love for the solitude & timelessness of his surroundings is evident. Both personal and historical accounts interweave the descriptions of the daily mundanity of his task. The necessity of man’s interference in this ecosystem is highlighted, requiring a fragile balance of permitting the spread of some fires for ecological rejuvenation against the threat to human communities and different native species. Fire Season is an ode to the breathtaking landscapes in untouched, rural America. Atmospheric and informative, it is a must read for anyone with a love for the great outdoors.
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