A Memoir of Fighting Fire


A captivating memoir of trailblazing and firefighting from a pioneering woman in a male-dominated field


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Clare Frank


When Clare Frank was 17 years old, she became a firefighter in Northern California. Clare was five foot two and officially too young to join the service—she left her birthdate blank on her paperwork, hoping no one would notice. And she didn’t look like her peers, who sported an Adam’s apple and a mustache. But her brother was a firefighter and loved it, so she thought she’d try it out, too. Very soon, she knew she had found her calling.

Additional information

Weight 542 g
Dimensions 16.4 x 23.5 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 13 July 2023
Number of pages 336
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.4 x 23.5 cm
Weight 542 g


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Clare Frank started firefighting in California at 17 and was promoted up the ranks, becoming the state’s first and only female chief of fire protection. Along the way, she earned a BS in fire administration, an MFA in creative writing, and a JD. She has lectured at colleges, universities, and state and national fire conferences, and lives near Lake Tahoe with her husband and always a dog or two. Burnt is her first book.