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About the author

Heather Hansen is an award-winning reporter, specializing in science and narrative journalism. While researching Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8 she became a certified wildland firefighter. Despite being a seasoned mountaineer and three-time marathoner, the "pack test" (covering 3 miles in 45 minutes wearing a 45-pound weight vest) was one of her most grueling physical challenges.

Hansen's work has appeared in newspapers and magazines from San Francisco to Johannesburg including High Country News, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Sunday IndependentSmithsonian, and Outside.

She is coauthor of the award winning Disappearing Destinations: 37 Places in Peril and What Can Be Done to Help Save Them. Her book, Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears: 100 Years of the National Park Service, published by Mountaineers Books, won the Colorado Authors’ League General Nonfiction award and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Heather lives in Boulder.

(Photo credit: Dave Zader)

2018 Author Events

Join Heather to talk about Wildfire

Wednesday, April 11, 7pm

Author Series

Chautauqua Community House, Boulder, CO

With a more complex wildfire environment, wildfires in the West continue to get larger, more destructive and costlier. Today, fire management strategies are more aggressive and sophisticated than ever as they take on longer wildfire seasons. So why the unacceptably high numbers of lives and homes lost and ecosystems damaged?

In her newest book, Wildfire, Heather Hansen takes a look at wildfires through the eyes of the firefighters. Spending 18 months with the City of Boulder’s wildland firefighters, Hansen learned what it takes to be a member of this elite group and how citizens can help turn around the destructive trends in wildfires. She also talks with leading fire scientists, talks about training as a wildland firefighter, and answers the burning question: what’s with all the bacon?

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Tuesday, June 19, 7pm

BeWild Speaker Series

The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, Seattle, WA

Heather Hansen is an award-winning journalist whose newest book, Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8 from Mountaineers Books, March 2018takes a look at wildfires through the eyes of the firefighters. Spending 18 months with Boulder, CO wildland firefighters, Hansen learned what it takes to be a member of this elite group and how citizens can help turn around the destructive trends in wildfires.

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Thursday, June 20, 6:30 pm

REI, Portland

Co-sponsored by Oregon Wild

Join journalist Heather Hansen in a discussion of why wildfires are getting bigger, costlier and more intense. In her new book, WILDFIRE, Hansen spends nearly two years shadowing an elite wildland fire crew, immersed in firefighting, public relations, science, and policy. Her lively reportage and presentation combines interviews, mountain hikes, visits to fire labs, and even her attempts to keep up with firefighters (who are considered among the fittest people in the world) during their rigorous workouts. For anyone who cares about public lands in the West, this talk is not to be missed.

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Thursday, June 21, 6pm

Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR

Co-sponsored by Waucoma Bookstore

Co-sponsored by Oregon Wild

Join Waucoma Bookstore, Mountaineers Books, and CCA in welcoming author Heather Hansen to share the story of her book, Wildfire, which brings equal measures of science and drama to the issue of combating ever larger, more intense wildland fires. Hansen spent eighteen months immersed in fire science and policy, shadowing the elite firefighters of Station 8 near Boulder, Colorado, through their daily training regimens, public interaction, and an all-out week-long battle against a mountain blaze that tested their intensively honed skills and endurance.

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Friday, June 22, 6pm

Roundabout Books, Bend, OR

Co-sponsored by Oregon Wild

Hansen explores many aspects of wildfires, from the history of the national parks and development of forest management techniques to the most up-to-date computer models of fire behavior and micrometeorology. Her lively reportage combines interviews, mountain hikes, visits to fire labs, and even her game attempts to keep up with firefighter trainees and the Station 8 firefighters during their rigorous workouts and Rabelaisian bacony feasts.

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Sunday, June 24, 2pm

Copperfield's, San Rafael, CA

Throughout the 2016 wildfire season, journalist Heather Hansen witnessed firsthand the heroics of the Station 8 crew in Boulder, Colorado. She tells that story here, layered with the added context of the history, science, landscape and human behavior that, year-by-year, increases the severity, frequency and costs of conflagrations in the West.

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Tuesday, June 26, 7pm

Books Inc., Berkeley, CA

Journalist Heather Hansen discusses her captivating new work, Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8.

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Wednesday, June 27, 6:30pm

Sundance Books, Reno, NV

Heather Hansen, author of Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8, will join us for a presentation and signing on Wednesday, June 27th.

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Saturday, August 11, 10am-12pm

Nederland Community Center, Nederland, CO

The Nederland Community Library is pleased to present Heather Hansen, journalist and author who will talk about her experiences in writing Wildfire: On the Line with Station 8. Throughout the 2016 wildfire season, journalist Heather Hansen witnessed and documented the actions of the Station 8 crew in Boulder, Colorado. Wildfire shares the hardships and experiences of the firefighters who try, sometimes in vain, to prevent destruction when a spark flares out of control. Using the Cold Springs Fire of 2016 as a case-study, Hansen takes us through the drama of wildland fire. Signed copies of the book Wildfire will be available for purchase. The event is free to the public.

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Wednesday, September 19, 7:30pm

Boulder Book Store, Boulder, CO

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Thursday, October 4, 12:15pm

Wallace Stegner Center, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

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Thursday, October 4, 7:00pm

King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT

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Saturday, October 27, 5pm

Mountaineers, Worthington Center, Olympia, WA

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