Timoth Egan and ‘The Big Burn’

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If you go to any national park or protected wilderness in the U.S. today, you will find the friendly, heroic figure of the forest ranger: a uniformed caretaker of natural splendor, and watcher for forest fires. Oftentimes, these forest heroes go unnoticed, but in his new book, Timothy Egan writes about how forest rangers banded together, along with President Theodore Roosevelt, to control a blazing inferno.

We talk with Pulizer Prize?winning author Timothy Egan about his new book, “The Big Burn,” on the huge forest fire back in 1910 that blazed through forests in Washington, Idaho and Montana.

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