Fire as the Enemy
Clip: Season 27 Episode 4 | 2m 54s
Chief Forester Gifford Pinchot saw fighting forest fires as being essential to the new Forest Service’s mission. Fire could wipe out entire forests and Pinchot’s rangers were the nation’s only defense against it. "The Big Burn" premieres February 3 on PBS American Experience.
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Firefighters are regaled as heroes for the first time in America. Premieres Feb. 3 on PBS.
In 1910 the U.S. Forest Service was desperately understaffed. Premieres Feb. 3 on PBS.
Roosevelt and Pinchot make a plan to save America's wilderness. Premieres Feb. 3 on PBS.
In the summer of 1910, the largest fire in American history raged in the Northern Rockies.
American wildfire fighting policy and resources over the last century.
In 1910 the largest fire in U.S. history burned over three million acres.
In 1910 the largest fire in U.S. history burned over 3 million acres. Premiering Feb 3.
In the early 1900s, timber was an essential US product. Premieres Feb. 3 on PBS
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