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The big burn of 1910: ‘A thousand year event’

Historic fires shaped federal policies for fire-fighting

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Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 2:00 am | Updated: 11:26 am, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

Most photos show just the aftermath and witnesses have long passed away, but the U.S. Forest Service’s fire policy still reflects the many lessons learned from the disastrous wildfires of 1910.

As the agency and the many communities impacted commemorate the 100th anniversary this month, Mariah Leuschen of the Forest Service said the goal first and foremost is to honor those who lost their lives. The agency also points to the pivotal role the disaster played in developing modern approaches such as interagency cooperation in fire-fighting.

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