Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894
Survivors' stories, historical sources, and interviews with forest fire experts are combined in this gripping narrative, telling the story of one of North America's most devastating fires and how it changed the nation. Reviewed in the Summer 2007 issue of Minnesota History.
September 1, 1894, two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, trapping more than two thousand people. The fire created its own weather, including hurricane-strenth winds, bubbles of plasma-like glowing gas, and 200-foot tall flames. As temperatures reached 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit, the firestorm knocked down buildings and carried flaming debris high into the sky. Two trains - one with every single car on fire - became the only means of escape. In all, more than four hundred people would die, leading to a revolution in forestry management and the birth of federal agencies that monitor and fight wildfires.
- By: Daniel James Brown
- Format: Paperback, 256 pg.
- Publisher: Harper Perennial
- Product ##: 9781592288632