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

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 1, 2000 - Nature - 288 pages
73 Reviews
REGIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR NONFICTION -- MOUNTAINS & PLAINS BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION

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 misidentification 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.

  

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Maybe I shouldn't have read this book just before my husband returns to his summer job as a wildland firefighter, right at the end of one of the driest winters ever in our area of Utah. I do feel like ... Read full review

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Maybe I shouldn't have read this book just before my husband returns to his summer job as a wildland firefighter, right at the end of one of the driest winters ever in our area of Utah. I do feel like ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
23
Section 3
42
Section 4
55
Section 5
64
Section 6
80
Section 7
92
Section 8
106
Section 13
174
Section 14
184
Section 15
193
Section 16
213
Section 17
229
Section 18
248
Section 19
257
Section 20
267

Section 9
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Section 10
125
Section 11
140
Section 12
156
Section 21
273
Section 22
281
Section 23
287
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About the author (2000)

For thirty years John N. Maclean was a writer, reporter, and editor for the Chicago Tribune. Fire on the Mountain, his first book, was selected as the best nonfiction book of 1999 by the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association. He now divides his time between Washington, D.C., and Montana, and is at work on his next book.

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