The first recorded fire of 1910 was on April 29 in the Blackfeet National Forest ("The 1910 Fires."). However, the beginning fires weren’t at all what made this string of infernos memorable. These noteworthy fires were caused by a string of unfortunate events. An extremely dry hot year with snows melting early, streams disappearing, and rivers turning into trickles of water by August was one of the main reason for the almost 3,000 fires (Petersen). The human race prefers to point fingers though, so many people accused different individuals and groups for the fires.
Some blamed an electrical storm in July, others blamed accidental fires on campers, homesteaders and loggers, and a few blamed arsonists. What seemed to be the main cause though, was the new Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget Sound Railway. The railway ran through the then, dry, dense, forest and hot coals would burs...
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... what it protects and destroys, and what would happen if they were taken out of the equation. Although it was a devastating event, we should be thankful for the outcome of the big burn. It was the prerequisite to the beautiful North-west today.
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"Fire Management." Fire Management. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Jan. 2014.
"Forty in Tunnel During Fire." Editorial. The Idaho Press 25 Aug. 1910: n. pg. Web. 4 Jan. 2014.
Petersen, Jim. "The 1910 Fires." Editorial. Evergreen Magazine 1995: n. pg. Idaho Forest Fire Stories - The 1910 Fires. Web. 03 Jan. 2014.
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