Early descriptions of the Great Plains often focus on a vast, grassy expanse that was either burnt or burning. The scene continued to burn until the land was plowed under or grazed away and broken by innumerable roads and towns. Yet, where the original landscape has persisted, so has fire, and where people have sought to restore something of that original setting, they have had to reinstate fire. This has required the persistence or creation of a fire culture, which in turn inspired schools of science and art that make the Great Plains today a regional hearth for American fire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
Number of pages217
ISBN (Electronic)9780816536160
ISBN (Print)0816535124, 9780816535125
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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Pyne, S. (2017). The great plains: A fire survey. University of Arizona Press.