Ghosts of the fireground: echoes of the Great Peshtigo Fire and the calling of a wildland firefighter

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HarperSanFrancisco,
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[2002]
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1st ed.
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English
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On October 8, 1871, a wildfire of staggering immensity transformed the lumbering town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin (population 2,000), into a literal, burning hell. It was the deadliest fire in North American history. At least 1,200 people died, and the actual number of fatalities is unknown. Eighteen hundred square miles of woods, fields, and settlements were burned. By cruel coincidence, it was the very day and hour of the Great Chicago Fire.... The unlikely simultaneity of the two infernos has rendered Peshtigo unknown to most Americans.April 2000: On the brink of one of the most ferocious fire seasons ever recorded, and faced with the challenge of commanding an elite attack helicopter team, wildland firefighter Peter Leschak discovers Father Pernins written account of surviving the wildfire that devastated Peshtigo. As he takes us through Father Pernins dangerous clash with the Great Peshtigo Fire, Leschak recounts his journey from a life preparing for the ministry to a career dedicated to fighting fires. In so doing, he breathes life into one of the most astounding and little-known disasters in American history and captures the sacred and mysterious pull of the fireground. From Father Pernins struggle with an inferno so hot that not even the cold waters of the Peshtigo River guaranteed safety to the danger of todays frontline battles in Americas wildlands, Ghosts of the Fireground weaves seamlessly between these compelling adventures, offering a breathtaking look at the awesome power of fire and the courageous and noble pursuit that is wildland firefighting.
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title_displayGhosts of the fireground : echoes of the Great Peshtigo Fire and the calling of a wildland firefighter
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Leschak, Peter M
Pernin, Peter