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Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire

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ISBN13: 9780688144777
ISBN10: 0688144772
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When, on the morning of July 3, 1994, the site of a forest fire on Storm King Mountain in Colorado was wrongly recorded as taking place at South Canyon, it became the first of a series of seemingly small human errors that, three days later, led to the deaths of fourteen fire fighters, including four women. Fire on the Mountain sets out to answer three mysteries that surrounded the blaze: Why wasn't the fire, which could be seen clearly from an interstate highway, put out earlier? Why did Don Mackey, a smoke jumper who was already a legend in his own time, turn back to the fire after making his way to safety? And how could such a seasoned group of fire fighting professionals be caught off guard so badly?

With the aid of papers obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and dozens of interviews, Fire on the Mountain also takes a long, hard look at the official investigation that followed the fire and the divided conclusions of the investigative team. If this book is action/adventure at its best, it also offers deeply moving insights into the lives of the smoke jumpers, hot shots, and helitacks who fight forest fires and put their own well being on the line as a daily part of their jobs.

About the Author

The son of Norman Maclean, who wrote the classic account of the Mann Gulch forest fire, Young Men and Fire, John N. Macleanwas, for thirty years, a writer, reporter, and editor for the Chicago Tribune.He now divides his time between Washington, D.C., and Montana.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780688144777
Subtitle:
The True Story of the Sourth Canyon Fire
Publisher:
William Morrow
Author:
MacLean, John N.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Forests & Forestry
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Wildfires
Subject:
Prevention and control
Subject:
Wildfires -- Colorado -- Garfield County -- Prevention and control.
Subject:
Trees & Forests
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Trees & Forests - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
19990922
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.60x6.32x1.06 in. 1.22 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Americana » Colorado
History and Social Science » Americana » Fire Fighting

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