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Under a Flaming Sky - The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894

Daniel James Brown

On September 1, 1894 two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, trapping over 2,000 people. Daniel J. Brown recounts the events surrounding the fire in the first and only book on to chronicle the dramatic story that unfolded. Whereas Oregon's famous "Biscuit" fire in 2002 burned 350,000 acres in one week, the Hinckley fire did the same damage in five hours. The fire created its own weather, including hurricane-strength winds, bubbles of plasma-like glowing gas, and 200-foot-tall flames. In some instances, "fire whirls," or tornadoes of fire, danced out from the main body of the fire to knock down buildings and carry flaming debris into the sky. Temperatures reached 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit--the melting point of steel. As the fire surrounded the town, two railroads became the only means of escape. Two trains ran the gauntlet of fire. One train caught on fire from one end to the other. The heroic young African-American porter ran up and down the length of the train, reassuring the passengers even as the flames tore at their clothes. On the other train, the engineer refused to back his locomotive out of town until the last possible minute of escape. In all, more than 400 people died, leading to a revolution in forestry management practices and federal agencies that monitor and fight wildfires today. Author Daniel Brown has woven together numerous survivors' stories, historical sources, and interviews with forest fire experts in a gripping narrative that tells the fascinating story of one of North America's most devastating fires and how it changed the nation.

On September 1, 1894 two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, trapping over 2,000 people. Daniel J. Brown recounts the events surrounding the fire in the first and only book on to chronicle the dramatic story that unfolded. Whereas Oregon's famous "Biscuit" fire in 2002 burned 350,000 acres in one week, the Hinckley fire did the same damage in five hours. The fire created its own weather, including hurricane-strength winds, bubbles of plasma-like glowing gas, and 200-foot-tall flames. In some instances, "fire whirls," or tornadoes of fire, danced out from the main body of the fire to knock down buildings and carry flaming debris into the sky. Temperatures reached 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit--the melting point of steel. As the fire surrounded the town, two railroads became the only means of escape. Two trains ran the gauntlet of fire. One train caught on fire from one end to the other. The heroic young African-American porter ran up and down the length of the train, reassuring the passengers even as the flames tore at their clothes. On the other train, the engineer refused to back his locomotive out of town until the last possible minute of escape. In all, more than 400 people died, leading to a revolution in forestry management practices and federal agencies that monitor and fight wildfires today. Author Daniel Brown has woven together numerous survivors' stories, historical sources, and interviews with forest fire experts in a gripping narrative that tells the fascinating story of one of North America's most devastating fires and how it changed the nation.
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On September 1, 1894 two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, trapping over 2,000 people. Daniel J. Brown recounts the events surrounding the fire in the first and only book on to chronicle the dramatic story that unfolded. Whereas Oregon's famous "Biscuit" fire in 2002 burned 350,000 acres in one week, the Hinckley fire did the same damage in five hours. The fire created its own weather, including hurricane-strength winds, bubbles of plasma-like glowing gas, and 200-foot-tall flames. In some instances, "fire whirls," or tornadoes of fire, danced out from the main body of the fire to knock down buildings and carry flaming debris into the sky. Temperatures reached 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit--the melting point of steel. As the fire surrounded the town, two railroads became the only means of escape. Two trains ran the gauntlet of fire. One train caught on fire from one end to the other. The heroic young African-American porter ran up and down the length of the train, reassuring the passengers even as the flames tore at their clothes. On the other train, the engineer refused to back his locomotive out of town until the last possible minute of escape. In all, more than 400 people died, leading to a revolution in forestry management practices and federal agencies that monitor and fight wildfires today. Author Daniel Brown has woven together numerous survivors' stories, historical sources, and interviews with forest fire experts in a gripping narrative that tells the fascinating story of one of North America's most devastating fires and how it changed the nation.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Bramhall

Length:

8h 21m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:50

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:21


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:54


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:44


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:11


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:08


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:40


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:37


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:46


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:56


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:44


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:21


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:13


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:40


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:53


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:00


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:40


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:39


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:23


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:15


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:25


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:10


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:23


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:49


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:32


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:57


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:15


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:10


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:49


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:56


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:37


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:29


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:01


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:18


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:12


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:55


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:17


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:27


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:36


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:06


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:03


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:56


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:11


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:17


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:43


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:47


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:59


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:38


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:18


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:39


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:22


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

00:37