American Experience - Season 27, Episode 4 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Big Burn


Episode Info

The story of a 1910 wildfire that devoured more than three million acres across the Northern Rockies, including the conditions that led to it and its impact on the fledgling U.S. Forest Service as well as the nation's fire policy. Included: remarks from journalist Timothy Egan, whose "Big Burn" book inspired the documentary; environmental historians Char Miller and Al Runte; author Steve Pynes ("Year of the Fires"); and Charles E. Williams (Buffalo Soldiers National Museum).


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