"Hire Everybody You Can Find"
Clip: Season 27 Episode 4 | 1m 45s
In the summer of 1910, the Forest Service had less than 500 rangers nationwide. With hundreds of fires already burning, the organization set out to hire more men; in some instances, they even let out felons from local jails to help battle the blazes. "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.
Fire was essential to the survival of the new US Forest Service. Premieres Feb. 3 on PBS.
In the early 1900s, timber was an essential US product. 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.
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.
American wildfire fighting policy and resources over the last century.
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