Clip: Season 27 Episode 4 | 2m 58s
In the early 1900s, timber was an essential industrial product in the US. Gifford Pinchot and President Theodore Roosevelt worried that unless America’s forests were protected and regulated, the nation’s forests would soon disappear. "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.
Fire was essential to the survival of the new US Forest Service. 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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