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Fire on the Mountain : The True Story of the South Canyon Fire
Fire on the Mountain The True Story of the South Canyon Fire Author:John N. Maclean THE DRAMATIC TRUE ACCOUNT OF THE SOUTH CANYON — FIRE -- THE DEVASTATING FOREST FIRE THAT TOOK THE — LIVES OF FOURTEEN FIREFIGHTERS In this acclaimed bestseller of investigative journalism, John N. Maclean chronicles the deadly 1994 Colorado forest fire that was wrongly identified at the outset as occurring in South Canyon. This misidentifi... more »cation was the first in a string of seemingly minor human errors that would be compounded into one of the greatest tragedies in the annals of firefighting as fourteen men and women firefighters -- experts in their field -- lost their lives battling the South Canyon blaze. This stunning reconstruction of the fire and its aftermath, drawn from Maclean's exhaustive research and countless interviews, reveals fascinating insights into what went wrong, and how so many top-notch firefighters fell victim to nature at its most unforgiving. A page-turning adventure narrative brimming with action and intensity, Fire on the Mountain offers a powerful and indelible profile of a special breed of people who put their lives on the line as part of their daily jobs.« less
I read this book because my sister and her family lived on the other side of Storm King Mountain. After the fire my nephew decided to go into forest fire fighting because he idolized those people who put their lives on the line, while the bureaucrats were doing their petty in-fighting and game playing. I got so angry reading this account that at times I had to put it down for several days before continuing. This is an excellent book and should be read by everyone. It's not pretty, but it is important.