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Inspired by Timothy Egan's bestseller, this is the dramatic story of an catastrophic 1910 wildfire that defined the fledgling U.S. Forest Service and the nation's fire policy for the rest of the 20th century and beyond. In the current American landscape, The Big Burn provides a cautionary tale of heroism and sacrifice, arrogance and greed, hubris and, ultimately, humility, in the face of nature's frightening power.
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PBSAmerican Experience: The Big Burn DVD
 
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4.0

fire up

By wam39

from Scottsdale,Az

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Big Burn DVD:

Very good detail on little known events. One of PBS best. 3/19/16

wam39

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding video production on wildfire

By Retired USFS

from Sheridan, MT

Comments about PBS American Experience: The Big Burn DVD:

A very well documented historical view of wildland fire in the west. Worth every moment of viewing!

(14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Forest Fire!

By Forest Lover

from Washington state

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Big Burn DVD:

The story of the US Forest Service and how they had to battle both fire and politicians to protect our forests. A great tale made all the more interesting by the massive forest fires of today.

(23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Story of pivotal conservation event

By Paul

from Forest City, IA

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Big Burn DVD:

As would be expected from any PBS production, The Big Burn is a well produced account of an event that was pivotal in helping to shape the early conservation movement. By interweving natural events (the massive northern Rockies forest fire) with social priorities and politics in the early 1900s, PBS showed us how the U.S. Forest Service and some of its key policies/priorities were born, and how this advanced the early conservation movement. For me, this production was especially timely as I was in a conversation with another person who was just learning about the early conservation movement. I bought this person a copy of this DVD and I look forward to our continued conversation.

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