Chasing Smoke

Chasing Smoke At first I m calm as the trees fall But suddenly a rat s nest of wood bent horizontal and cribbed into the trees above us comes down in a rush of a hundred machine gun snaps Trees caught in the nest

  • Title: Chasing Smoke
  • Author: Aaron Williams
  • ISBN: 9781550178050
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chasing Smoke

    At first I m calm as the trees fall But suddenly a rat s nest of wood, bent horizontal and cribbed into the trees above us, comes down in a rush of a hundred machine gun snaps Trees caught in the nest flail around before hitting the ground Our eyes dart everywhere, trying to keep track of every moment Trees break free and swing themselves like catapults Splintered ch At first I m calm as the trees fall But suddenly a rat s nest of wood, bent horizontal and cribbed into the trees above us, comes down in a rush of a hundred machine gun snaps Trees caught in the nest flail around before hitting the ground Our eyes dart everywhere, trying to keep track of every moment Trees break free and swing themselves like catapults Splintered chunks of wood slash through the air like propellers Falling trees is the most dangerous job in North America Aaron WilliamsBritish Columbia s weather and geography hot dry summers, steep terrain, and population density in forested areas make it one of the most difficult places in the world to fight forest fires.Chasing Smoke is an enthralling insider account of how a fire season unfolds Experienced firefighter Aaron Williams offers a tangible window into the intensely physical, high adrenalin lifestyle shared by his crew of eccentrics, all eager to be on the front line Williams shares what it s like to work sixteen hour days in an apocalyptic landscape, where the smoke is so thick your snot runs black and you need to drink ten litres of water a day What it s like to make a stupid mistake and singe your beard in front of your crew, or spend hours hosing a spot the size of a queen mattress and still not extinguish the burn What it s like to hear a tree fall, a co worker s shout, and imagine the worst.From the curated gauntlet of abuse that makes up rookie week, until the last length of hose is rolled up at the end of the burn season, Williams chronicles the seasonal existence of a firefighter, all while examining the wider world of firefighting interweaving the history, mechanics and politics as well as the micro world of the small crew who willingly put their lives on the line.

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    1. Sarah Boon

      I feel like Williams was trying to do for firefighting what Charlotte Gill did for tree planting with Eating Dirt. Unfortunately, he fails miserably.Throughout the book, we're treated to Williams' pettiness and insecurity, and are introduced to a 2-dimensional cast of characters that never really develop into much but a foil for Williams' own internal monologue.The descriptions of firefighting work get boring and monotonous. While I can see how that is easily the case for a working firefighter, [...]

    2. Vontel

      This book is so timely, considering the years of big forest fires, this year included, with big fires closer to more populated areas. I would rate it as closer to 3.5. It is a memoir of sorts of the fire season of summer of 2014 in the dry Interior of BC, west of Williams Lake and Prince George, as well as reflections of his earlier fire crew experiences and acquaintances. The author was an experienced (since 2006) forest fire fighter in BC, coming from rainy west coast Prince Rupert and later m [...]

    3. Liralen

      Fire, fire. Chasing Smoke is all at ground level: Williams as an experienced crew member, by turns reveling in and exhausted by the grind of a summer fighting fire. There's not a great sense of scope here—we know only a little about what the overall wildfire picture looks like, and a tiiiiiiny bit about Williams's background—but that smaller scope keeps the action more immediate.I'm left not entirely sure where Williams stands in this picture. How wedded is he to firefighting? Where do his o [...]

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