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Big Burn: American Experience

The Big Burn, inspired by Timothy Egan’s best-selling book, about the dramatic story of the massive wildfire that swept across the Northern Rockies in the summer of 1910. The fire devoured more than three million acres in thirty-six hours, confronting the fledgling U.S. Forest Service with a catastrophe that would define the agency and the nation’s fire policy for much of the twentieth century. As America tries to manage its fire-prone landscapes in the 21st century, The Big Burn, written and directed by Stephen Ives, provides a cautionary tale of heroism and sacrifice, arrogance and greed, hubris and, ultimately, humility, in the face of nature’s frightening power.

American Experience: The Big Burn Airs Tuesday, January 22 at 9 p.m.

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Upcoming Episodes

Tue 1/22, 9:00pm
Big Burn: American Experience: S0E0

In August 1910, a massive wildfire swept across the Northern Rockies, devouring more than three million acres in 36 hours. The catastrophe would define the fledgling U.S. Forest Service and the nation's fire policy for much of the 20th...

Tue 1/29, 1:00pm
Big Burn: American Experience: S0E0

In August 1910, a massive wildfire swept across the Northern Rockies, devouring more than three million acres in 36 hours. The catastrophe would define the fledgling U.S. Forest Service and the nation's fire policy for much of the 20th...