Michele Steinberg

PBS special film on the 1910 "Big Burn" airing (at last!) on February 3

Blog Post created by Michele Steinberg Employee on Jan 27, 2015

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As my blogger friend Bill Gabbert relates in his Wildfire Today blog, back when PBS advertised this special in September, "there was much confusion about when it would air, with most of  the erroneous information coming from the PBS website." All indications today, however, are that the special based on Timothy Egan's bestseller, "The Big Burn," will air as planned at 9 pm EST next Tuesday, February 3.

As I noted in my September 9 blog, Egan's book really helped me understand the roots of American wildland fire suppression policy and forest management in a new way. The special will document the 1910 fire complex that burned more than three million acres and killed 78 firefighters. More than a mere tale of nature's wrath, the story of this particular fire shows the ramifications and results set into national policy that would influence a century of thought and action on fire suppression and land management.

Check local listings here to watch and experience this truly American experience of wildfire. You can also tell your own story of disaster survival through the American Experience website.

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