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UCSB Reads 2014: Related Reading

Additional Reading on Wildfire

This bibliography of articles and books related to wildfire was compiled by Graham Wesolowski, a master’s candidate in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management.

Online resources are freely available on campus (and within the UCSB Library). UCSB students, staff, and faculty can access them from off-campus by logging in and returning here.

Popular Articles

Tullis, Paul. (2013, September 19). Into the Wildfire. New York Times.

Galbraith, Kate. (2013, September 4). Wildfires and Climate Change. New York Times.

Associated Press. (2013, August 24).  Wildfire Threatens San Francisco's Power Supply. New York Times.

Fountain, Henry. (2013, August 26)San Francisco Girds for Possible Threat to Water From Wildfire ...  New York Times.

Clemons, Becca. (2013, November 5)After string of huge wildfires, 'saner approach' to prevention sought. Los Angeles Times.

Schaefer, Samantha. (2013, September 1).  Yosemite fire: What are California's largest wildfires? Los Angeles Times.

Hennigan, W.J. (2013, September 29). Forest Service fights fires with aging tankers from another era. Los Angeles Times.

R.M. (2013, October 24). The Economist explains: What causes wildfires? The Economist.

Peer Reviewed Sources - Wildfire & Climate Change


Bowman, David M.J.S., et al. 2013. “Forest fire management, climate change, and the risk of catastrophic carbon losses.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: 66-67. Online. <>

Bowman, David M. J. S., et al. 2009. “Fire in the Earth System.” Science 324: 481-484. Online. <>

Diaz, Henry F., and Thomas W. Swetnam. 2013. “Wildfires of 1910: Climatology of an Extreme Early Twentieth-Century Event and Comparison with More Recent Extremes.” American Meteorological Society 2013:1361-1370. Online. <>

 Hyde, Kevin, et al. 2012. “Research and development supporting risk-based wildfire effects prediction for fuels and fire management:status and needs.” International Journal of Wildland Fire. Online. <>

Noss, R.F., et al. 2006. “Managing fire-prone forests in the western United States.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4(9): 481-487. Online. <>

Stephens, S. L., et al. 2013. “Managing Forests and Fire in Changing Climates.” Science 324: 41-42. Online. <>

Verkaik, Iraima, et al. 2013. “Fire as a Disturbance in Mediterranean Climate Streams.” Hydrobiologia 719: 353-382. Online. <>

Westerling, A.L., H.G. Hidalgo, D.R. Cayan, and T.W. Swetnam. 2006. “Warming and Earlier Spring Increase Western U.S. Forest Wildfire Activity.” Science 313: 940-943. Online. <>

Williams, A. Park, et al. 2010. “Forest responses to increasing aridity and warmth in the southwestern United States.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107(50): 21289–21294. Online. <>


Busby, Gwenlyn M., Heidi J. Albers, and Claire A. Montgomery. 2012. “Wildfire Risk Management in a Landscape with Fragmented Ownership and Spatial Interactions.” Land Economics 88(3): 496-517. Online. <>

Donovan, Geoffrey H. Patricia A. Champ, and David T. Butry. 2007. “Wildfire Risk and Housing Prices: A Case Study from Colorado Springs.” Land Economics 83(2): 217-233. Online. <>

Mueller, Julie, John Loomis, and Armando González-Cabán. 2009. “Do Repeated Wildfires Change Homebuyers’ Demand for Homes in High-Risk Areas? A Hedonic Analysis of the Short and Long-Term Effects of Repeated Wildfires on House Prices in Southern California.” Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics 38: 155–172. Online. <>

Richardson, Leslie  John B. Loomis, and Patricia A. Champ. 2013. “Valuing Morbidity from Wildfire Smoke Exposure: A Comparison of Revealed and Stated Preference Techniques.” Land Economics 89(1): 76-100. Online. <>

Shafran, Aric P. 2008. “Risk externalities and the problem of wildfire risk.” Journal of Urban Economics 64: 488-495. Online. <>

Talberth, John, Robert P. Berrens, Michael McKee, and Michael Jones. 2006. “Averting and Insurance Decisions in the Wildland-Urban Interface: Implications of Survey and Experimental Data for Wildfire Risk Reduction Policy.” Contemporary Economic Policy 24(2): 203-223. Online. <>

Yoder, Jonathan. 2004. “Playing with Fire: Endogenous Risk in Resource Management.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 86(4): 933-948. Online. <>

Yoder, Jonathan. 2008. “Liability, Regulation, and Endogenous Risk: The Incidence and Severity of Escaped Prescribed Fires in the United States.” Journal of Law and Economics 51(2): 297-325. Online. <>


Anderson, Sarah E., Heather Hodges, and Terry L. Anderson. 2013. “Technical Management in an Age of Openness: The Political, Economic, and Ecological Forest Ranger.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 32(3): 554-573. Online. <>

Dale, L. 2006. “Wildfire policy and fire use on public lands in the United States.” Society and Natural Resources 19: 275–284. Online. <>

Davis, C. 2006. “Western wildfires: A policy change perspective.” Review of Policy Research. 23: 115–127. Online. <>

McCaffrey, Sarah M., Melanie Stidham, Eric Toman, and Bruce Shindler. 2011. “Outreach Programs, Peer Pressure, and Common Sense: What Motivates Homeowners to Mitigate Wildfire Risk?” Environmental Management 48(3): 475–88. Online. <>

McCaffrey, Sarah, Eric Toman, Melanie Stidham, and Bruce Shindler. 2013. “Social Science Research Related to Wildfire Management: An Overview of Recent Findings and Future Research Needs.” International Journal of Wildland Fire 22(1): 15–24. Online. <>

Shindler, Bruce, Eric Toman, and Sarah McCaffrey. 2010. “Homeowner implementation of fuel treatments: A longitudinal analysis of adoption, maintenance, and support for agency action on public lands.” Online. <>

Steelman, Toddi A., and Sarah M. McCaffrey. 2011. “What Is Limiting More Flexible Fire Management—Public or Agency Pressure?” Journal of Forestry 109(8): 454–61. Online. <>

Winter, G., and J. Fried. 2000. “Homeowner perspectives on fire hazard, responsibility, and management strategies at the wildland-urban interface.” Society and Natural Resources 13: 33–49. Online. <>


Search the UCSB Library Catalog to check book availability.

Carle, David. Introduction to Fire in California. Berkeley: University of California Press. 2008. Print. SD421.32 .C2 C38 2008.

Ford, Raymond. Santa Barbara Wildfires: Fire on the hills. Santa Barbara: McNally & Loftin. 1991. Print. SD421.32 .F67 1991.

Gomes, Daniel, Otis L. Graham, Elizabeth Hall Marshall, and Andrew J. Schmidt. Sifting Through the Ashes: Lessons Learned from the Painted Cave Fire. Santa Barbara: UCSB Graduate Program in Public Historical Studies. 1993. Print. SD421.32 .C2 S54 1993. Also in UCSB Library Special Collections F869 .S45 S657 1993.

Hudson, Mark. Fire Management in the American West: Forest politics and the rise of megafires. Boulder: University Press of Colorado. 2011. Print. SD421.32 .W47 H83 2011.

Jensen, Sara E. and Guy R. McPherson. Living with Fire: Fire Ecology and Policy for the Twenty-first Century. Berkeley: Unviersity of California Press. 2008. Print. SD421 .J46 2008.

Keeley, Jon E., et al. Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems: Ecology, Evolution, and Management. Cambridge, NY: Cambridge University Press. 2012. Print. QH545 .F5 F5747 2012.

Lentini, John J. Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis. 2012. Online.

McGeary, M. Nelson. Gifford Pinchot, Forester-politician. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1960. E664 .P64 M2.

Miller, Char. Seeking the Greatest Good: The conservation legacy of Gifford Pinchot. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. Print. QH76 .M535 2013.

Morris, Edmund. Colonel Roosevelt. New York: Random House. 2010. Print. E757 .M8825 2010.

Morris, Edmund. Theodore Rex. New York: Random House. 2001. Print. E757 .M885 2001.

Peterson, Seth H. Fire Risk in California. Diss. University of California Santa Barbara, 2011. Santa Barbara: UCSB, 2011. Online.

Pyne, Stephen J. Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire. Seattle, WA. University of Washington Press. 1997. Print. SD421.3 .P96 1997.

Roosevelt, Theodore. The Rough Riders: An autobiography. New York: Library of America. 2004. Print. E725.45 1st .R64 2004.

Sugihara, Neil G., et al. Fire in California's Ecosystems. Berkeley: University of California Press. 2006. Print. QH105 .C2 F57 2006.

Book Display in the Library

There is a display of books related to the themes and people in The Big Burn, including conservation, wildfire, wilderness, the Forest Service, Teddy Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, and John Muir on the first floor of the Library across from the elevators.  All books are available to be checked out.

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