Author and researcher Linda Masterson knows what it’s like to flee a wall of flames in the middle of night, with just minutes to escape with her life and very little else. Her home in northern Colorado burned to the ground in the Crystal Fire in 2011. Now she’s sifted through information, resources and expert advice from across the country to put together a practical handbook and personal pocket guide for homeowners who want to be better prepared if disaster strikes. For a wealth of information, please visit: SurvivingWildfire.com
"A wake-up call for anyone who lives with wildfire risk. Solidly researched, easy to read and reference, and full of information that could save homes...and lives."
Dave Zader, Fire Manager
"...Surviving Wildfire is worthy of the highest recommendation, especially for anyone who lives in or near fire-prone lands; reading it could literally save lives."
Small Press Bookwatch
"A very compelling read and extremely informative. The combination of the author's real-life experience and her diligent research makes this a very helpful handbook for people living with the risk of wildfire."
Michele Steinberg, Manager – Firewise Communities Program, National Fire Protection Association
Handbook for Homeowners
Companion POCKET GUIDE
The 6-page companion pocket guide is jam packed with handy checklists and places for you to record your personal information and contacts. Speaking from firsthand experience...you'll find this invaluable when the pressure is on to evacuate and every minute counts. Checklists include an insurance checkup, putting together your Vital Information and Emergency Evacuation kits, creating a family disaster plan, important stuff to gather, how to stay alert during wildfire season, and the GO NOW! Evacuation Guide.
SurvivingWildfire.com. Masterson's home and 72-acre tree farm burned to the ground in a Colorado wildfire in 2011, leaving her with little but her laptop and a fierce determination to get back on her feet and get on with her life.
Masterson has always specialized in turning the complex into the comprehensible. In her job as director of Strategic Planning for Ketchum Communications she provided insight and direction to clients ranging from Procter & Gamble to Campbell Soup.
Her book, Living with Bears Handbook, (LivingWithBears.com) is filled with information, inspiration and motivation for people who live and play in bear country. Its combination of solid research, sound advice from bear experts all over the continent and motivating true stories of people and communities who have learned to coexist with bears has made it the book of choice for bear professionals and homeowners alike.
In addition to her books, Linda's articles have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Log Homes Illustrated, Countryside, New Pioneer, Animal Kingdom and many more publications.