Photos from the 1910 fires commemorative events in Wallace, ID

Earlier, Wildfire Today told you about some of the commemorative events for the Big Burn fires of 1910, fires that blackened huge portions of eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana. Greg Greenhoe, who retired as the deputy Fire Director for the USFS’s Northern Region, attended the events in the Wallace, Idaho area and was kind enough to send us these photos. Thanks Greg.

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The Couer d'Alene Fire Department Honor Guard with two members of the U. S. Forest Service Honor Guard leading the parade through Wallace, ID
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The USFS Northern Region Pack String and firefighters from the Idaho Panhandle National Forest and Idaho Department of Lands

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U. S. Forest Service monument to Ranger Ed Pulaski's crew. It was installed in 1935 11 years after his death.
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Three Single Engine Air Tankers making the first of three drops, red, white, and then blue. Click to enlarge.

On a related note, Patrick Jacobs, a columnist for the Spokesman-Review who writes about dining for the newspaper, had the misfortune to stumble into Wallace, Idaho exactly 100 years after the 1910 fires on what may have been the busiest day Wallace has seen since… who knows… the 1910 fires? Check out his review of the Jameson Restaurant and Saloon.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.