This unintentional, seemingly minor human error was the first in a string of mistakes that would be compounded into one of the greatest tragedies in the annals of firefighting. Before it was done, hotshots, smoke jumpers, fourteen courageous firefighters—men and women, and helicopter crew—would lose their lives battling the deadly so-called South Canyon blaze.
Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire #ad - In 1994, a wildfire on colorado's Storm King Mountain was wrongly identified at the outset as occurring in South Canyon. John N.
Young Men and Fire: Twenty-fifth Anniversary EditionUniversity of Chicago Press #ad - Alongside maclean’s now-canonical a river Runs through It and Other Stories, Young Men and Fire is recognized today as a classic of the American West. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition of maclean’s later triumph—the last book he would write—includes a powerful new foreword by Timothy Egan, author of The Big Burn and The Worst Hard Time.
Chicago. As moving and profound as when it was first published, Young Men and Fire honors the literary legacy of a man who gave voice to an essential corner of the American soul. Haunted by these deaths for forty years, norman Maclean puts together the scattered pieces of the Mann Gulch tragedy in Young Men and Fire, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Young Men and Fire: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition #ad - A devastating and lyrical work of nonfiction, 1949, young men and fire describes the events of August 5, when a crew of fifteen of the US Forest Service’s elite airborne firefighters, the Smokejumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness. Two hours after their jump, all but three of the men were dead or mortally burned.
Granite Mountain: The Firsthand Account of a Tragic Wildfire, Its Lone Survivor, and the Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate SacrificeHachette Books #ad - A "unique and bracing" booklist first-person account by the sole survivor of Arizona's disastrous 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire, which took the lives of 19 "hotshots"--firefighters trained specifically to battle wildfires. Brendan mcdonough was on the verge of becoming a hopeless, inveterate heroin addict when he, for the sake of his young daughter, decided to turn his life around.
The true story behind the events that inspired the major motion picture Only the Brave. Hachette. Nationwide, it was the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the 9/11 attacks. Chicago. Despite the crew's skepticism, and thanks in large part to Marsh's firm but loving encouragement, McDonough unlocked a latent drive and dedication, going on to successfully battle a number of blazes and eventually win the confidence of the men he came to call his brothers.
Then, on june 30, they confronted a freak, 3, while mcdonough--"Donut" as he'd been dubbed by his team--served as lookout, 2013, 000-degree inferno in nearby Yarnell, Arizona. Granite mountain is a gripping memoir that traces mcdonough's story of finding his way out of the dead end of drugs, finding his purpose among the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and the minute-by-minute account of the fateful day he lost the very men who had saved him.
Granite Mountain: The Firsthand Account of a Tragic Wildfire, Its Lone Survivor, and the Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice #ad - He enlisted in the granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of elite firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. A harrowing and redemptive tale of resilience in the face of tragedy, Granite Mountain is also a powerful reminder of the heroism of the people who put themselves in harm's way to protect us every day.
Their leader, eric marsh, was in a desperate crunch after four hotshots left the unit, and perhaps seeing a glimmer of promise in the skinny would-be recruit, he took a chance on the unlikely McDonough, and the chance paid off.
The Thirtymile Fire: A Chronicle of Bravery and BetrayalHolt Paperbacks #ad - Then the very flames they pursued turned on them, extinguishing their lives. Pitilessly compelling, the sort of saga devoured in one horrified sitting. National geographic adventurethe thirtymile fire in the north cascade Range near the Canadian border of Washington began as a simple mop-up operation; in a few hours, a series of catastrophic errors led to the entrapment and deaths of four members of the fire crew―two teenage girls and two young men.
Weaving together the astonishing stories told by the fire's witnesses and, later, the victims' family members and the response to the official reports, John N. Chicago. Hachette. Maclean creates a riveting account of the deadly Thirtymile Fire and the controversy and recriminations that raged in its aftermath.
The Thirtymile Fire: A Chronicle of Bravery and Betrayal #ad - Each had brought order and meaning to their lives by joining the firefighting world.
Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne FirefightersWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - One select group of men and women are part of America's front-line defense: smokejumpers. William Morrow Co. Forest service and the Bureau of Land Management. A pacific northwest booksellers association bestseller"A fascinating look" Esquire inside the world of smokejumpers, the airborne firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States, confronting the growing threat of nature’s blazes.
Forest and wildland fires are growing larger, and deadlier every year — record drought conditions, more numerous, decades of forestry mismanagement, and the increasing encroachment of residential housing into the wilderness have combined to create a powder keg that threatens millions of acres and thousands of lives every year.
Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne Firefighters #ad - . In this extraordinarily rare memoir by an active-duty jumper, Jason Ramos takes readers into his exhilarating and dangerous world, explores smokejumping’s remarkable history, and explains why their services are more essential than ever before. Though they are tremendously skilled and only highly experienced and able wildland firefighters are accepted into the training program, being a smokejumper remains an art that can only be learned on the job.
Hachette. Forest fires often behave in unpredictable ways: spreading almost instantaneously, shooting downhill behind a stiff tailwind, or even flowing like a liquid. Chicago. The smokejumper program operates through both the U.
The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain HotshotsFlatiron Books #ad - We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. Impeccably researched, new york times phoenix bureau chief fernanda santos has written a riveting, and fire historians and researchers, drawing upon more than a hundred hours of interviews with the firefighters’ families, colleagues, pulse-pounding narrative of an unthinkable disaster, state and federal officials, a remarkable group of men and the raging wildfires that threaten our country’s treasured wild lands.
The fire line is the winner of the 2017 spur Award for Best First Nonfiction Book, and Spur Award Finalist for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction. Chicago. There's eric marsh, their captain, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires.
In fernanda santos’ expert hands, the story of 19 men and a raging wildfire unfolds as a riveting, pulse-pounding account of an American tragedy; and also as a meditation on manhood, brotherhood and family love. The fire line is a great and deeply moving book about courageous men and women. Héctor tobar, author of deep down dark: the untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set Them Free.
The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots #ad - When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, in June of 2013, the twenty men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. The hotshots were loyal to one another and dedicated to the tough job they had.
The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57Counterpoint #ad - Chicago. Federal taxpayers, for example, footed most of the $16 million bill for fighting the Esperanza Fire. Spectators stop rustling in their seats; prosecution and defense lawyers and the accused stiffen into attitudes of wariness; and the judge looks on owlishly. The fire line the Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.
William Morrow Co. But the highest cost was the lives of the five-man crew of Engine 57, the first wildland engine crew ever to be wiped out by flames. Hachette. When a jury returns to a packed courtroom to announce its verdict in a capital murder case every noise, even a scraped chair or an opening door, resonates like a high-tension cable snap.
Wildfires have grown bigger, more intense, more destructiveand more expensive. Maclean offers an insider’s second-by-second account of the fire and the capture and prosecution of Oyler, the first person ever to be found guilty of murder for setting a wildland fire. In that atmosphere of heightened expectation the jury entered a riverside County Superior Court room in southern California to render a decision in the trial of Raymond Oyler, charged with murder for setting the Esperanza Fire of 2006, which killed a five-man Forest Service engine crew sent to fight the blaze.
The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57 #ad - Today, wildland fire is everybody’s business, from the White House to the fireground. They were caught in an area ignition, ” which in seconds covered three-quarters of a mile and swept the house they were defending on a dry ridge face, where human dwellings chew into previously wild and still unforgiving territory.
John maclean, award-winning author of three previous books on wildfire disasters, spent more than five years researching the Esperanza Fire and covering the trial of Raymond Oyler.
On the Burning Edge: A Fateful Fire and the Men Who Fought ItBallantine Books #ad - Twenty elite firefighters—the Granite Mountain Hotshots—walked together into the blaze, tools in their hands and emergency fire shelters on their hips. Hachette. On june 28, 2013, a single bolt of lightning sparked an inferno that devoured more than eight thousand acres in northern Arizona. William Morrow Co.
Drawing on dozens of interviews with officials, families of the fallen, and the lone survivor, he describes in vivid detail what it’s like to stand inside a raging fire—and shows how the increased population and decreased water supply of the American West guarantee that many more young men will step into harm’s way in the coming years.
Praise for on the burning edge “what makes this book a tear-jerking classic is the seamless manner in which Dickman weaves a century of fire-management history into the fully realized stories of the men’s lives—the sweat, Heather, the adrenaline, and the chewing gum that hotshot Scott Norris left in the shower before telling his girlfriend, the orange glow of fire within their aluminum shelters, ‘I’ll take care of it later.
On the Burning Edge: A Fateful Fire and the Men Who Fought It #ad - I promise. Outside “dickman offers a riveting account of a dangerous occupation and acts of nature most violent—and those who face both down. Library Journal Chicago. Only one of them walked out. Dickman brings to the story a professional firefighter’s understanding of how wildfires ignite, how they spread, and how they are fought.
Named one of the best books of the year by men’s journal • in the tradition of sebastian junger’s the Perfect Storm and Robert Kurson’s Shadow Divers comes a true and heartbreaking tale of courage, difficult decisions, and ultimate sacrifice.
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved AmericaMariner Books #ad - The big burn tells an epic story, paints a moving portrait of the people who lived it, and offers a critical cautionary tale for our time. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by every citizen. Now he performs the same alchemy with the Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America and the tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy in the land.
Hachette. The fire line the Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men -- college boys, day-workers, immigrants from mining camps -- to fight the fires. William Morrow Co. On the afternoon of august 20, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged, Montana, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, 1910, Idaho, destroying towns and timber in an eyeblink.
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America #ad - But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them. Mariner Books. The robber barons fought him and the rangers charged with protecting the reserves, but even as TR's national forests were smoldering they were saved: The heroism shown by those same rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, though it changed the mission of the forest service with consequences felt in the fires of today.
Chicago. Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force, through the eyes of the people who lived it.
My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire's Lone SurvivorHachette Books #ad - The relentless firestorm ultimately trapped his hotshot brothers, tragically killing all 19 of them within minutes. William Morrow Co. A "unique and bracing" booklist first-person account by the sole survivor of Arizona's disastrous 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire, which took the lives of 19 "hotshots"--firefighters trained specifically to battle wildfires.
Brendan mcdonough was on the verge of becoming a hopeless, inveterate heroin addict when he, for the sake of his young daughter, decided to turn his life around. Nationwide, it was the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the 9/11 attacks. Chicago. Despite the crew's skepticism, and thanks in large part to Marsh's firm but loving encouragement, McDonough unlocked a latent drive and dedication, going on to successfully battle a number of blazes and eventually win the confidence of the men he came to call his brothers.
My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire's Lone Survivor #ad - Then, 2013, they confronted a freak, on june 30, 000-degree inferno in nearby Yarnell, while McDonough--"Donut" as he'd been dubbed by his team--served as lookout, 3, Arizona. The fire line the Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The true story behind the events that inspired the major motion picture Only the Brave.
He enlisted in the granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of elite firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. Granite mountain is a gripping memoir that traces mcdonough's story of finding his way out of the dead end of drugs, finding his purpose among the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and the minute-by-minute account of the fateful day he lost the very men who had saved him.
River of Fire: The Rattlesnake Fire and the Mission BoysML&T #ad - The firefighters had hunkered down in a ravine to eat supper – and had posted no lookouts. The alarm was raised, but it came late. The rattlesnake fire had been burning since midday on the Mendocino National Forest. William Morrow Co. It was late evening when the wind over a brush-choked canyon in northern California unexpectedly shifted and roared downhill.
Other firefighters watched in horror from canyon slopes as the torrent of fire hurtled down after the fifteen men and snuffed out their headlamps, one after another. The 1953 rattlesnake fire, has become an icon of teaching, an educational opportunity for firefighters, however, and a marker for wildfire safety.
River of Fire: The Rattlesnake Fire and the Mission Boys #ad - The sight mesmerized veteran firefighters. Mariner Books. The fire line the Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The fresh, violent wind picked up embers from the fire and spun them down into the depths of the canyon, blowing into a thunderous torrent of fire. Chicago. Hachette. Hachette Books. Fifteen of the men below began a race with fire down the canyon, while another nine scrambled upward toward safety.
Long, fatal minutes passed before they remembered a crew of twenty-four men working in the canyon below.