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Stories tagged: 1910 fire

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 6, 2015

Largest wildfire in U.S. history inspires new musical

“Living through the Fire,” a musical about the 1910 fire, was commissioned by the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre.

Owl Hoot event Saturday in CdA

Owls and the 1910 fires is the topic of the third annual Owl Hoot program Saturday in Coeur d’Alene. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 at the Bureau …

Examining the legacy of the 1910 fires

One hundred years after the nation’s largest wildfires blazed across the Northern Rockies, blackening hillsides as far as the eye could see, the question lingers: Could the Big Burn happen …

Remnants of St. Joe cedars tell fire’s tale

The Valley of the Ghosts contains the hulking snags of cedars burned by the 1910 Fire.

Heyburn left thorny legacy on natural resources

History doesn’t shed a kindly light on U.S. Sen. Weldon Heyburn, a Wallace mining attorney and strident foe of the newly formed Forest Service.

Q-and-A: Author Stephen Pyne

Stephen Pyne, a history professor at Arizona State University, has written extensively about the 1910 Fire. His books include “Fire in America” and “Year of the Fires,” which describe how …

Great Burn Wilderness remains subject of debate

The 1910 fires – and significant wildfires that followed into the 1930s – had a devastating hand in bestowing rugged portions of the Bitterroot Mountains with new life.

Great fire wiped out wild towns of Taft, Grand Forks

Back in 1910, respectable folk believed that the wild, debauched towns of Taft and Grand Forks deserved to burn in hell.

Stories of survival: Families and the 1910 fire

When fire breached the hill behind her family’s cabin, Lily Cunningham turned back to watch the brilliant orange glow against the night sky.

First-person narratives recall terror of 1910 fire

Aug. 20, 1910, was a night of terror for isolated settlers, prospectors and fire crews scattered in the mountains of North Idaho, Western Montana and Eastern Washington. Without radio communication …

Fire crews drew heavily from immigrants, laborers

George Earle was looking for work. The 30-year-old English immigrant had recently arrived in Spokane by foot from Alberta, following the railroad tracks into a new country. An ex-solider and …

Pulaski’s heroism resurfaced with discovery of tunnel

Follow a two-mile trail up Placer Creek, and you come to the Pulaski Tunnel – a legendary part of the 1910 Fire story. It was here that Big Ed Pulaski …

Pulaski’s legacy alive in standard fire tool

Every soot-smudged wildland firefighter knows the name pulaski – even if they don’t know the man Pulaski. That’s because Ed Pulaski cemented his legacy when he welded the head of …

Fire commemorations across the region

Idaho and Montana communities are planning events for the 1910 fires anniversary. For a longer list, visit centennial/events-links.html. The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula

Bike trail cuts through heart of 1910 burn area

Last summer, 33,000 mountain bikers from all over the world rode the Route of the Hiawatha. This summer’s crowds are on track to break that record. The parking area at …

Trails and fish flourished in aftermath of 1910 fires

It’s no coincidence that today’s choice hiking trails traverse mountains charred by the 1910 fires.

Forest fire, the largest in U.S. history, left stories of awe, tragedy

Today, we can imagine the smoke – thick and suffocating. We can fathom the flames – causing mountains and towns to glow red at midnight. We can even imagine the …

Wildfires can be a boon to fisheries

Fishermen need not fear the impact of fire on their sport.

Fire put Wallace on the map, nearly destroyed it

For three days in August 1910, the mining town of Wallace, Idaho, was at the epicenter of national news.

Fire commemorations

Events marking the centennial of the 1910 fire.

Q-and-A: Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan, Spokane-bred winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, tackled the subject of the 1910 fires in his most recent bestseller, “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt …

Burning Memories

Spot fires flared in the streets as families fled Wallace. For days, the city’s residents thought they might escape the forest fires blazing in the mountains around them. But by …

Forest fire in 1910 ruined Grand Forks

The town of Grand Forks was populated by railroad workers and scalawags of every type who enjoyed and profited from all the vices. It was said that Taft, Mont., was …

Prescribed burns could reduce carbon emissions, study finds

Western land managers could shrink the carbon footprint of wildfires by setting more prescribed burns, a new study says. Igniting small, controlled fires reduces fuel buildup in the forest, helping …

Egan’s ‘Big Burn’ selected for 2010’s Spokane Is Reading

Timothy Egan’s latest book, “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America,” has been chosen as the Spokane Is Reading book for 2010. It’s the true story …

Rail route tunnels saved lives in big fire

One of the most popular recreation areas in North Idaho is the Route of the Hiawatha, a 15-mile biking and hiking trail on the abandoned roadbed of the Chicago, Milwaukee, …

Forest Van Dorn

Next August marks the 100th anniversary of the 1910 Fire, which swept across 3 million acres in Idaho, Washington and Montana during a two-day firestorm. At least 85 people – …