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Ordeal By Fire

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005648TP8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Ordeal By Fire" brings to life The Big Burn, the biggest forest fire in American history. In 1910, Italian and Irish immigrants, Black soldiers, prospectors, loggers, forest rangers, farmers and railroad men working the mines and forests of the American Northwest ran up against the natural fire cycles of that harsh yet beautiful land. On the border between Idaho and Montana the Bitterroot Mountains caught fire, and on August 20 hurricane-force winds blew thousands of separate fires into one gigantic fire. The newly-created Forest Service sent thousands of men to stop it. Men were burned and men went missing. People died. Burning trains raced for the safety of tunnels, and whole towns disappeared. And the disaster was the first real test of one of America's most profound political ideas: could and should the federal government manage and protect America's natural resources? For better and for worse, the fires of 1910 shaped how Americans would view wildland fires and fire protection, and their impact on our landscapes and on how we manage our lands are with us to this day. Film maker George Sibley has made the definitive 1910 fire documentary, which has been shown on Idaho and Montana PBS stations. The film features extensive interviews with bestselling authors Stephen Pyne and Timothy Egan, and with fire scientists, firefighters and relatives of the fire's survivors, along with exciting reenactments and some spectacular documentary footage. The DVD includes bonus features about what happened after the fire.

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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful June 22, 2011
The re-enactment of this fire was very well done and enjoyed watching and learning
about this history. Very well done and lots of work involved in the making of
this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ordeal by Fire review June 20, 2011
By Ruth
Ordeal by Fire is a magnificent production of a significant event that has impacted the entire U.S. for over a century. George Sibley's detailed descriptions and marvelous video "capture the moment" of what it must have felt like to those who lived through the 1910 Fires. It is entertaining, captivating, realistic and downright five star entertainment for the entire family. Sibley interviewed descendants of the 1910 Fire, and meticulously crafted a fine story.
This is a wonderful gift that tells the story of the biggest fire in the Northwest!
Buy it!
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