American Experience: The Big Burn DVD

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Inspired by Timothy Egan's bestseller, this is the dramatic story of an catastrophic 1910 wildfire that defined the fledgling U.S. Forest Service and the nation's fire policy for the rest of the 20th century and beyond. In the current American landscape, The Big Burn provides a cautionary tale of heroism and sacrifice, arrogance and greed, hubris and, ultimately, humility, in ... More
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Inspired by Timothy Egan's bestseller, this is the dramatic story of an catastrophic 1910 wildfire that defined the fledgling U.S. Forest Service and the nation's fire policy for the rest of the 20th century and beyond. In the current American landscape, The Big Burn 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

Inspired by Timothy Egan's best-selling book, The Big Burn is the dramatic story of an unimaginable wildfire that swept across the Northern Rockies in the summer of 1910. The fire devoured more than three million acres in 36 hours, confronting the fledgling U.S. Forest Service with a catastrophe that would define the agency and the nation's fire policy for the rest of the 20th century and beyond. As America tries to manage its fire-prone landscapes in the 21st century, The Big Burn provides a cautionary tale of heroism and sacrifice, arrogance and greed, hubris and, ultimately, humility, in the face of nature's frightening power.

Producer: Amanda Pollak, Sharon Grimberg
Executive Producer: Mark Samels
Production Company: Insignia Films
Production Year: 2014
Copyright Year: 2014
Rating: TV-PG
Narrator: Oliver Platt
Writers: Stephen Ives
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 52 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
DVI: N
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

6 Reviews
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JOHN B.
Verified Buyer
5.0 star rating
08/15/22
The Big Burn
Review by JOHN B. on 08/15/22 review stating The Big Burn
Its excellent, and super educational about our big forests of land, in our country. Showing the brave men, fighting fires, with no support that we have today.
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David
Verified Buyer
5.0 star rating
07/29/22
Great Documentary
Review by David on 07/29/22 review stating Great Documentary
The documentary is very well done. Knowing the story beforehand, I enjoyed the film very much. Great information.
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Wam39
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
07/17/20
fire up
Review by Wam39 on 07/17/20 review stating fire up
Very good detail on little known events. One of PBS best. 3/19/16 wam39
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Forest L.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Forest Fire!
Review by Forest L. on 07/17/20 review stating Forest Fire!
The story of the US Forest Service and how they had to battle both fire and politicians to protect our forests. A great tale made all the more interesting by the massive forest fires of today.
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Retired U.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Outstanding video production on wildfire
Review by Retired U. on 07/17/20 review stating Outstanding video production on wildfire
A very well documented historical view of wildland fire in the west. Worth every moment of viewing!
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Paul
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Story of pivotal conservation event
Review by Paul on 07/17/20 review stating Story of pivotal conservation event
As would be expected from any PBS production, The Big Burn is a well produced account of an event that was pivotal in helping to shape the early conservation movement. By interweving natural events (the massive northern Rockies forest fire) with social priorities and politics in the early 1900s, PBS showed us how the U.S. Forest Service and some of its key policies/priorities were born, and how this advanced the early conservation movement. For me, this production was especially timely as I was in a conversation with another person who was just learning about the early conservation movement. I bought this person a copy of this DVD and I look forward to our continued conversation.


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