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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In 1910 the largest fire in U.S. history burned over 3 million acres. Premiering Feb 3.
American wildfire fighting policy and resources over the last century.
Roosevelt and Pinchot make a plan to save America's wilderness. Premieres Feb. 3 on PBS.
In the early 1900s, timber was an essential US product. Premieres Feb. 3 on PBS
In 1910 the U.S. Forest Service was desperately understaffed. Premieres Feb. 3 on PBS.
Firefighters are regaled as heroes for the first time in America. Premieres Feb. 3 on PBS.