“The Fire Smart Home Handbook is essential reading for people who live in fire-prone areas because it offers practical information on how you can reduce the threat of wildfire against yourself and your neighbors.”—Paul L. Cooke, director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control
“As a warming and drying climate, a history of poor forest management, and rampant development of America’s most flammable landscapes bring an explosion of wildfires, Clyde Soles provides a prescription that will help residents of fire-prone forests, grasslands, and bushlands keep their houses from burning. We can only hope that homeowners who don’t recognize the threat that wildfires pose to their property find this book before the flames find their homes.” —Michael Kodas, author of High Crimes and associate director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado
Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press is proud to announce the April 2014 release of The Fire Smart Home Handbook: Preparing for and Surviving the Threat of Wildfire, by Clyde Soles, foreword by Molly Mowery (978-0-7627-9690-8; $19.95 paperback).
As climate change continues to wreak havoc on the environment, devastating wildfires, both natural and manmade, are increasing. The figure for average acres burned has increased from almost 2 million acres in 1992 to nearly 7 million in 2012, which set a new record with an average of 165 acres burned per fire.
Things are heating up, but global warming isn’t the only problem. Budgets for fire suppression have been slashed severely. The number of air tankers has decreased from 44 in 2002 to just 9 in 2012, which means fast attacks on fledgling fires will grow more difficult in the future. If you live in a wildland-urban interface, the zone between unoccupied and developed land, sooner or later fire will happen. Fortunately you can prepare for the worst, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
The Fire Smart Home Handbook, a detailed and practical reference guide, will help you live more safely in the Red Zone and save you time and money along the way, providing multiple methods of risk mitigation along with the financial level of each action. Effectively prepping your land can even enhance the scenery and increase the value of your home. Learn how wildfires begin and behave, how to evaluate your property, what essential tools you’ll need and what they will cost, how to prepare your land and home—including tips on how to avoid insurance nightmares—when to stay and fight, when it’s time to evacuate, how to clean up after a fire event, and more. Even if you live in the middle of a suburb, the information on how fires start and spread and how to deal with insurance claims will prove enlightening and helpful. No one can guarantee that your house or land will survive if a major conflagration erupts, but you can greatly improve your odds with this book and a little preparation.
Clyde Soles is the author of ten books, including Climbing: Training For Peak Performance and The Outdoor Knots Book. He founded Trail Runner magazine, and his articles and photographs have appeared in Outside, Backpacker, Rock & Ice, and other publications. He lives with his wife in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado.