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Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910

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In the summer of 1910, wildfires in the West scorched millions of acres, darkened skies in New England, and deposited soot on the ice of Greenland. The flames ravaged pristine wilderness along with farms, towns, and mining camps, culminating in the deaths of seventy-eight firefighters in the Big Blowup along the Montana-Idaho border. Stephen Pyne, acclaimed by the Journal of American History as America's foremost historian of fire, not only explains how the fires occurred, how they were fought, and who fought them, but also puts the event in the context of America's changing attitudes about forests and fires. In 1910 steam-powered trains were spewing sparks across the West; homesteaders were burning their way into the woods to create farms and settlements; and the Forest Service, only five years old, was struggling to solidify its role. The blazes illuminated a national debate raging about fire policy and had a lasting influence on everything from the tools firefighters carry to strategies of land management. Year of the Fires is the riveting story of that catastrophic year and its pivotal role in establishing how we deal with forest fire in this country.

Book News Annotation:

Pyne (life sciences, Arizona State U.), a fire historian and former firefighter, recounts the fires that occurred in the summer of 1910 that burned millions of acres in the Northern Rockies and how US Forest Service fire policy was changed to full suppression as a result. Using personal letters and descriptions, accounts of Army officers, and official records of the Forest Service, he discusses the conservation movement at the time, the months before the fires and the conditions that led to them, and the resulting changes in policy. B&w photos and maps are included. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780878425440
Author:
Pyne, Stephen J.
Publisher:
Mountain Press Publishing Company
Foreword by:
MacLean, John N.
Foreword:
MacLean, John N.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Fires
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Pacific Northwest
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Forest fires -- Idaho -- History.
Subject:
Forest fires -- Montana -- History.
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Revised
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
325
Dimensions:
8.94x5.92x1.03 in. 1.10 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Americana » Fire Fighting
History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Forests
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
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