The Big Burn

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Harcourt, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 301 pages
19 Reviews
On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men--college boys, day workers, immigrants from mining camps--to fight the fire. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them.
  Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force. Equally dramatic is the larger story he tells of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen.

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User Review  - Marie - Goodreads

Short easy read. Novel story but not exciting. Interesting idea for the setting of the story. Read full review

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User Review  - Wendy - Goodreads

Driving over Lolo Pass in August 2012, I stopped at the Visitor Center at the top of the pass. There were forest fires around. While I was there, a bus dropped off firefighters, a helicopter swooped ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

JEANETTE INGOLD is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Pictures, 1918 and Airfield. She lives and writes in Montana.