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Red Dead Redemption mission
The Burning
Rdr the burning
Start MacFarlane's Ranch
End MacFarlane's Ranch
Given by Bonnie MacFarlane
Location New Austin
Rewards 75 Fame
150 Honor
Unlocked by Unlocks
Bonnie MacFarlane
mission strand:

"A Tempest Looms"
Leigh Johnson
mission strand:

"Spare the Rod,
Spoil the Bandit"
Leigh Johnson
mission strand:

Bonnie MacFarlane"

Oh, my God! The barn's on fire!

Bonnie MacFarlane upon seeing the barn on fire

The Burning is a mission in Red Dead Redemption.

To view the mission tree, see:

Main article: Missions in Redemption/Tree


John Marston and Bonnie MacFarlane try to find Bonnie's father, who has gone missing. They find him standing among several dead men that he speculates have been killed by rustlers. John and Bonnie head back to the ranch only to find that the barn has been set ablaze by Williamson's gang. Marston must get the horses that are trapped out of the burning barn.


Mission PrerequisitesEdit

Before this mission becomes available, the player must complete:

Mission ObjectivesEdit

To complete this mission, the player must:

  • Ride with Bonnie to locate her father.
  • Return to MacFarlane's Ranch.
  • Climb the windmill and enter the burning barn.
  • Save the horses in the barn.

Mission DetailsEdit

After learning Bonnie's father hasn't been seen after he went out to ride the land, you must go assist her in finding him. Once found in bad state he'll send the player back to the barn to fetch a wagon to move the dead men. Once John arrives, he'll find that the barn has been set afire by Williamson's bandits in retalliation for the family nursing Marston back to health. After that, the player will have to free the horses. Climb up the left side of the barn, up the platforms when prompted and jump up to the tower, shimmy across the side of the barn, then walk around to the back of the barn. Once inside the barn, remove the pitch fork barring the door and then smack the two horses on the rear to get them moving. For the last horse, the path is blocked, and the player will have to mount it and jump out of the barn to safety. (The player does not need to press jump to make the horse jump — when the horse reaches the obstacle, it will automatically jump.) Bring it to the stable near Bonnie to complete the mission.

Mission DialoguesEdit

Main article: The Burning/dialogues

Mission FailureEdit

The mission will fail if the player:

  • Assaults, kills or abandons Bonnie.
  • Assaults or kills Drew MacFarlane.
  • Kills Bonnie's horse.
  • Kills the trapped horses.
  • Strays too far from the mission location.
  • Terrorizes the townfolk.
  • Breaks the law.
  • Kills a dog.
  • Commits vandalism.
  • Assaults or kills townsfolk.
  • Dies.

New Game Elements IntroducedEdit

  • Climbing


  • Sometimes, a game will glitch and the player will receive the mission "Hanging Bonnie MacFarlane" before getting this mission. Fortunately, it does not affect further gameplay.
  • Sometimes Bonnie will take the player to the Frontera Bridge and float across the river and cause the player to float over and the mission will continue and the warehouse in El Matadero will be on fire instead and the inside will look like the inside of the Macfarlane's Ranch barn and the player will be stuck in Mexico and not able to get back to the USA without restarting the game. This is a rare glitch.


This is the only mission where the player can see smoke.


Video WalkthroughEdit

Achievement Edit

Completing this mission contributes toward the following Trophy/Achievement:

Gold Ps3 gold trophy
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.

Red Dead Redemption mission walkthroughs
New Austin Chapter
"Exodus in America""New Friends, Old Problems""Obstacles in Our Path""This is Armadillo, USA""Women and Cattle""Wild Horses, Tamed Passions""A Tempest Looms""The Burning"
"Political Realities in Armadillo""Justice in Pike's Basin""Spare the Rod, Spoil the Bandit""Hanging Bonnie MacFarlane""The Assault on Fort Mercer"
"Old Swindler Blues""You Shall Not Give False Testimony, Except for Profit""Liars, Cheats and Other Proud Americans""Can a Swindler Change His Spots?""The Sport of Kings, and Liars"
"Exhuming and Other Fine Hobbies""A Gentle Drive with Friends""Let the Dead Bury Their Dead"
"A Frenchman, a Welshman and an Irishman""Man is Born Unto Trouble""On Shaky's Ground""We Shall Be Together in Paradise"
New AustinNuevo ParaisoWest ElizabethMarston RanchRemember My Family

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