Beginning at the molecular level, The Book of Fire introduces nonscientists to the anatomy of heat, ignition, and flame, progressing from how a twig catches fire to how an entire landscape burns. To help readers understand the science of fire, William Cottrell illustrates combustion events that most people are familiar with: a flickering candle, a smoldering campfire, a glowing coal. Readers will learn about wildland fire behavior, fire types, and fuel levels–indispensable information for firefighters and fire managers, as well as homeowners who live in the wildland-urban interface.