Online Event – Firebreak: How the Maine-New Brunswick Border Defined the 1825 Miramichi Fire

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Firebreak: How the Maine-New Brunswick Border Defined the 1825 Miramichi Fire

Forest History Society Webinar

Presenter: Alan MacEachern

Date: May 24, 2023

Time: 1-2pm EDT

On 7 October 1825, the Miramichi region of New Brunswick experienced one of the largest forest fires in recorded history while, next door, Maine suffered the most extensive fire in its history. The fires burned in the same environmental and climatic conditions, of course – and may well have been connected. Alan MacEachern will describe reconstructing the fire’s history, and discuss how the international border served as a cultural firebreak, diminishing its fame in both the United States and Canada.

Alan MacEachern in 2022. He is wearing a light blue, short-sleeved polo and a watch on his left wrist. His arms are crossed.

Alan MacEachern teaches history at the University of Western Ontario. He was the founder of NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment, and has written extensively on environmental history, most recently The Miramichi Fire: A History (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020). 

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I am the author of Becoming Green Gables (spring 2024), The Summer Trade (with Edward MacDonald, 2022), & The Miramichi Fire (2020), & the editor of the print/open-access Canadian History & Environment series at University of Calgary Press. I was Director of NiCHE, 2004-15. Contact me at

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