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chris in redlands
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You may be referring to the massive fire in Idaho, Washington, and Montana in 1910, which killed around 100 people and was unlike any fire people had ever seen. There’s a very good book about it called The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America which tells the origin story of the Forest Service, and the crazy story of the people who were there fighting the fire, pretty much just guessing what to do next, and not usually very successfully.

If I recall correctly, there’s a good discussion in the book of how forest management plays into these wildfires. Not sure, it’s been a long time since i read it, but it’s definitely worth a read if you’re interested in the history of wildfires in the western US.

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