New PDF release: A Great Day to Fight Fire: Mann Gulch, 1949

By Mark Matthews

Mann Gulch, Montana, 1949. 16 males ventured into hell to struggle a raging wildfire; in basic terms 3 got here out alive. Searing the fireplace into the nation’s recognition, Norman Maclean chronicled the Mann Gulch tragedy in his award-winning ebook Young males and Fire. nonetheless, the silence of the sufferers’ households robbed Maclean’s account of a necessary own size. transferring the focal point from the hearth to the boys who fought it, Mark Matthews now offers that perspective.

Not till 1999—the 50th anniversary of the fire—did humans start to speak overtly approximately Mann Gulch. Matthews has garnered these strategies to bare how devastating the fireplace used to be to the firefighters’ kin, coworkers, and acquaintances. In retelling the tale of Mann Gulch, he attracts at the testimony of the 3 survivors—including never-before-published insights from the final dwelling member of the team—and interviews with former smoke jumpers of that period. the result's a moment-by-moment, heart-stopping new version of events.

The Mann Gulch tragedy provoked the wooded area provider to enhance defense apparatus and coaching courses, yet combating wildfires remains to be a deadly job.

Matthews’ stirring account renews our appreciate for one among nature’s primal forces. A heartbreakingly human tale, it nonetheless haunts a firefighting community—and retains today’s firefighters eternally on guard.

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