logo

Today in Wildfire History: Ranger Pulaski saves crew during Great Fire of 1910

logo
Today in Wildfire History: Ranger Pulaski saves crew during Great Fire of 1910

On August 20th, 1910, Ranger Ed Pulaski was working with forty-five men to try to stem the advance of the Great Idaho Fire, or the Big Blowup. After a hot, dry summer, there were wildfires burning throughout the west. Ranger Pulaski and his crew were overtaken by flames as they worked to control a fire. Pulaski led the crew to an abandoned mine shaft, where he famously stationed himself at the mouth of the shaft and drew a pistol, promising to shoot the first man who tried to escape. All but five men survived the fire, which went on to burn 3 million acres.

Photo credit: Rachel C. Smith 2004 All rights reserved

Share

2 Responses to “Today in Wildfire History: Ranger Pulaski saves crew during Great Fire of 1910”

  1. Also the man after whom the tool is named:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulaski_%28tool%29

    Read a book in college about the Big Blowup and particularly the western Montana parts, have been fascinated by the time / location / events ever since.

  2. connie says:

    Your blog is very interesting. I am loving all of the information you are sharing with everyone!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

logo
logo
Powered by WordPress | Designed by Elegant Themes