Young Men and Fire

Young Men and Fire On August a crew of fifteen of the United States Forest Service s elite airborne firefighters The Smoke Jumpers stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness Two

  • Title: Young Men and Fire
  • Author: Norman Maclean
  • ISBN: 9780226500621
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • On August 5, 1949, a crew of fifteen of the United States Forest Service s elite airborne firefighters, The Smoke Jumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness Two hours after their jump, all but three of these men were dead or mortally burned from a blowup an explosive, 2,000 degree firestorm 300 feet deep and 200 feet tall On August 5, 1949, a crew of fifteen of the United States Forest Service s elite airborne firefighters, The Smoke Jumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness Two hours after their jump, all but three of these men were dead or mortally burned from a blowup an explosive, 2,000 degree firestorm 300 feet deep and 200 feet tall a deadly explosion of flame and wind rarely encountered and little understood at the time Only seconds ahead of the approaching firestorm, the foreman, R Wagner Dodge, throws himself into the ashes of an escape fire and survives as most of his confused men run, their last moments obscured by smoke The parents of the dead cry murder, charging that the foreman s fire killed their boys Exactly what happened in Mann Gulch that day has been obscured by years of grief and controversy Now a master storyteller finally gives the Mann Gulch fire its due as tragedy These first deaths among the Forest Service s elite firefighters prompted widespread examination of federal fire policy, of the field of fire science, and of the frailty of young men For Maclean, who witnessed the fire from the ground in August of 1949, and even then he knew he would one day become a part of its story It is a story of Montana, of the ways of wildfires, firefighters, and fire scientists, and especially of a crew, young and proud, who hadn t learned to count the odds and to sense they might

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