Under A Flaming Sky

Under A Flaming Sky

The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894

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Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781493022014
1493022016
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HCL_staff_reviews Dec 01, 2016

It was unusually hot and dry in the summer of 1894 with small fires breaking out regularly. Then on September 1, 1894 two forest fires converged, creating a "firestorm", on the town of Hinckley, trapping over 2,000 people. Over 400 people perished in the raging fire. Many of them thou... Read More »


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lilypad_1
Jan 07, 2021

Apparently we don't learn from the past, if anyone wants to or wants to know what it is like to experience a whirling gargantuan blast of fire this is the book for you. It was well researched and edited. Most people tried to help others. Many did not heed warnings even as black smoke enveloped them. People went back to site of destroyed property and loss of life to rebuild just like we do today.
We aren't managing National Parks, logging continues unabated and people build further and further into the woods where they are unprotectable.
This would be a good movie.

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rogeraeschliman
Feb 12, 2020

With the Paradise fire destroying an entire city last year, this is a timely reminder that wildfires are ignored at great risk. This Minnesota fire destroyed cities, charred humans into bones and sucked the oxygen out of the air so people suffocated while running away or cowering in basements. The connections of the timber business, railroads and fire make this great reading. The gruesome descriptions of how a massive fire can kill are eye-opening. The words of survivors are compelling.

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kingjohne
Nov 15, 2018

This is a good very good read, covering the times, the railroads, and what a firestorm really is. As I write this, we are just getting details about the firestorm that destroyed Paradise, CA (2018). This detailed description of what a firestorm is like is so important if one is to truly understand conditions in Paradise, CA, and other locations when the fire reaches this point that so much energy is released that it is beyond what we normally consider a forest or wild fire. As a Fire Protection Engineer, I appreciated that the physics involved were well described and accurate. The writer did his homework. Great read!

HCL_staff_reviews Dec 01, 2016

It was unusually hot and dry in the summer of 1894 with small fires breaking out regularly. Then on September 1, 1894 two forest fires converged, creating a "firestorm", on the town of Hinckley, trapping over 2,000 people. Over 400 people perished in the raging fire. Many of them thought that the dark skies and strong winds they saw and heard were bringing severe storms, possibly a tornado, so they took cover in basements and storm cellars where they suffocated. Brown brings a human voice to this disaster through his use of eyewitness accounts. This is an important part of Minnesota history that I didn't learn about growing up in suburban Minneapolis. — Jennifer L., Ridgedale Library

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hugotoo
Nov 03, 2015

Great read. This should really be a fire movie in the same way Twister was a tornado movie. Sure the author may have taken a little liberty, but he did such a good job at the details about everything to do with a firestorm.

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