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Thread: 1910 Big Blowup Anniversary
08-20-2012, 16:13 #1
1910 Big Blowup Anniversary
BLM-National Interagency Fire Center
The Big Blowup, 1910 Fires
On August 20, an upper-level trough, centered in Saskatchewan, moved through the Northern Rockies between 1000 and 2100 hrs. This cold front passage brought a strong west/southwest wind that caused numerous fires to “blow-up” and join together to create large fire fronts that moved across the landscape. Fire crews across the Northern Rockies found themselves in danger of entrapment. Many were able to take refuge in previously burned areas, natural safety zones, and mine tunnels. Some were completely cut off, and by the end of the day, 85 persons - 78 of them firefighters - had lost their lives at 9 separate fatality sites.