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Drunk historians teach some of Idaho's past on Comedy Central

An episode of Comedy Central's 'Drunk History' spotlights the heroic Ed Pulaski, an Idaho forest ranger credited with saving 40 lives.
Credit: Boise National Forest
File image of a firefighter working a wildfire in the Boise National Forest.

WALLACE, Idaho — On Comedy Central, viewers can learn a little bit of Idaho's history from inebriated story-tellers and historians.

An episode of the network's 'Drunk History' is currently playing, which spotlights the heroic Ed Pulaski, a forest ranger credited with saving 40 lives.

Pulaski led 45 men to an abandoned prospect mine in Wallace, Idaho, where the group hunkered down and sought shelter from the Great Fire of 1910, also known as the Big Blowup.

The fire burned three-million acres in north Idaho, western Montana and parts of eastern Washington and southeast British Columbia.

Pulaski and 40 of his men survived hiding in the tunnel.

The five that died inspired Pulaski to invent the Pulaski Tool, a half ax, half hoe, which is now a standard tool for firemen across the county.

The mine shaft in Wallace has also been dubbed the Pulaski Tunnel.

Watch the episode now playing on Comedy Central here.

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