Once humans took charge of fire, fire remade humans and commenced remaking the 
world. “We got small guts and big heads because we could cook food,” says 
Stephen Pyne, the world’s leading historian of fire. “We went to the top of the 
food chain because we could cook landscapes. And we have become a geologic 
force because our fire technology has so evolved that we have begun to cook the 

The understanding of wildfire as an ecological benefit got its biggest boost 
from Pyne’s 1982 landmark book, Fire in America. Since then he has encompassed 
the whole of fire history--from analysis of the chemical reaction that “takes 
apart what photosynthesis puts together” to study of the massive 
industrialization of combustion in the last two centuries. “The Anthropocene 
might equally be called the Pyrocene,” he says.

A professor and “distinguished sustainability scholar” at Arizona State 
University, Pyne is author of 15 books on fire, including Fire: Nature and 
Culture and Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America.

"Fire Slow, Fire Fast, Fire Deep," Stephen Pyne, SFJAZZ Center, Hayes Valley, 
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