American Experience

The Big Burn

Season 27 Episode 4 | 52m 12s

In the summer of 1910, hundreds of wildfires raged across the Northern Rockies. By the time it was all over, more than three million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead. It was the largest fire in American history.

Aired: 02/03/15

Expires: 01/22/22

Rating: NR

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For Season 27 of American Experience, exclusive corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance, major funding by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS stations. Additional funding for The Big Burn provided by The Kendeda Fund.