Wow. A particularly meaningful read for me, as I have spent time exploring some of the areas where this fire took place. From page 221, "The bare facts were that the blowup covered 2.6 million acres of national forest land, and another 521,184 acres of private or state timber, for a total of just under 3.2 million acres . . . . " The establishment of conservation ideas in the early twentieth century, the fledgling forest service, Teddy Roosevelt, Progressivism, Guilford Pinchot, logging, immigration, politics all play a part in this drama. Excellent narrative non-fiction that tells a story in American history with a very personal face on it. Highly recommended to lovers of the West, and to those who want to understand the myriad demands placed on our natural resources, the people and the role government plays in it all.