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August 18, 2010 in Idaho
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Dorris Cameron holds a painting done by her mother of the home the family built near Thompson Falls after the 1910 fire. Cameron’s aunt Lily was the last known survivor of the fires that destroyed more than 3 million acres and wiped out several towns along the Idaho-Montana border.

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Henry Kottkey, second from left in the front row, survived the Big Blowup by taking refuge in a railroad culvert. His wife, Bertha Kottkey, seated to his left, gave birth to their son, Hank Kottkey, center, back row, on Aug. 19, 1910. This portrait is from the 1930s.