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The Fire of 1947: The Year Maine Burned
October 19, 2013  

The Great Fire of 1947 was actually a series of more than 200 forest fires in Maine that destroyed thousands of acres and entire towns. This compilation of films and videos put together by Northeast Historic Film includes extraordinary silent footage, a Universal Newsreel and others of this tragic, historical event.

This disaster is an important part of the local history of York, Oxford, and Hancock counties. Whether you refer to it as “The Bar Harbor Fire”, “The Brownfield Fire”, The Kennebunkport Fire” or something else, it was a devastating disaster that forever changed many communities and the very landscape of the State.

The DVD is a compilation of film and video about the Fire from the collections of Northeast Historic Film. Included is: October Fury 1947, Maine’s Forest Fire Disasters, A Look Back At the Infamous Fires 50 years Later, a retrospective produced by the Maine Forest Service. Then it Happened is a fire prevention film released the year following the fires. There is a silent film produced by the University of Maine Forestry Department which follows students to Mount Desert Island to help battle the blaze there. There is extraordinary footage of the fire at Brownfield shot by a professional photographer H.L. Utley as well as home movies of the devastation at Bar Harbor shot by summer resident Dr. Ernest G. Stillman. A brief Universal Newsreel shows you what the rest of the world saw.

Film and video sources include: Department of Conservation, Maine Forest Service, Fire Control Division, Lawrence Dolby Collection, Richard Hale Collection, Dan Noel, White Mountain Collection and Ernest G. Stillman Collection.



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