A Great Day to Fight Fire: Mann Gulch, 1949

University of Oklahoma Press - In retelling the story of mann gulch, he draws on the testimony of the three survivors—including never-before-published insights from the last living member of the team—and interviews with former smoke jumpers of that era. A heartbreakingly human story, it still haunts a firefighting community—and keeps today’s firefighters forever on guard.

Matthews has garnered those thoughts to reveal how devastating the fire was to the firefighters’ family members, coworkers, and friends. Mann gulch, Montana, 1949. Still, the silence of the victims’ families robbed Maclean’s account of an essential personal dimension. The result is a moment-by-moment, heart-stopping re-creation of events.

A Great Day to Fight Fire: Mann Gulch, 1949 - The mann gulch tragedy provoked the Forest Service to develop safety equipment and training programs, but fighting wildfires is still a perilous job. Matthews’ stirring account renews our respect for one of nature’s primal forces. Searing the fire into the nation’s consciousness, Norman Maclean chronicled the Mann Gulch tragedy in his award-winning book Young Men and Fire.

Sixteen men ventured into hell to fight a raging wildfire; only three came out alive. Shifting the focus from the fire to the men who fought it, Mark Matthews now provides that perspective. Not until 1999—the fiftieth anniversary of the fire—did people begin to talk openly about Mann Gulch.





Granite Mountain: The First-Hand Account of a Tragic Wildfire, Its Lone Survivor, and the Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Hachette Books - Their leader, and perhaps seeing a glimmer of promise in the skinny would-be recruit, was in a desperate crunch after four hotshots left the unit, he took a chance on the unlikely McDonough, Eric Marsh, and the chance paid off. The relentless firestorm ultimately trapped his hotshot brothers, tragically killing all 19 of them within minutes.

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.

Granite Mountain: The First-Hand Account of a Tragic Wildfire, Its Lone Survivor, and the Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice - Despite the crew's skepticism, mcdonough unlocked a latent drive and dedication, and thanks in large part to Marsh's firm but loving encouragement, going on to successfully battle a number of blazes and eventually win the confidence of the men he came to call his brothers. Then, 2013, 3, 000-degree inferno in nearby yarnell, while McDonough--"Donut" as he'd been dubbed by his team--served as lookout, they confronted a freak, on June 30, 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. 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, for the sake of his young daughter, inveterate heroin addict when he, decided to turn his life around. The true story behind the events that inspired the major motion picture Only the Brave.





Young Men and Fire: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition

University of Chicago Press - A devastating and lyrical work of nonfiction, young men and fire describes the events of August 5, 1949, the Smokejumpers, when a crew of fifteen of the US Forest Service’s elite airborne firefighters, 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.

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. 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.

Young Men and Fire: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition - 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. 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.





The Thirtymile Fire: A Chronicle of Bravery and Betrayal

Henry Holt and Co. - Each had brought order and meaning to their lives by joining the fire world. Weaving together the astonishing stories told by the witnesses, and the official reports, the victims' family members, Maclean produces a dramatic narrative of a catastrophe that has changed the way fire is fought. When the victims were blamed for their own deaths, the charge brought a storm of controversy that undermined the firefighting community.

Continuing a tradition established in his previous books, and by his father Norman's Young Men and Fire, John N. Then the very flames they pursued turned on them, extinguishing their lives. In a few hours, a series of catastrophic errors led to the entrapment and deaths of four members of the fire crew—two teen-age girls and two young men.

The Thirtymile Fire: A Chronicle of Bravery and Betrayal - A riveting account of the deadly thirtymile fire and the controversy and recriminations that raged in its aftermath, from our premier chronicler of wildfires and those who fight themThe Thirtymile fire in the remote North Cascade range near the Canadian border in Washington began as a simple mop-up operation.

Maclean serves as an unflinching guide to the rogue fire's unexpected violence—which is almost matched by the passions released by the official verdict of the blaze. More than anything, ancient and unpredictable, it is a story of humanity at risk when wildfire, breaks loose.





The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots

Flatiron Books - There's eric marsh, a former marine, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, their captain, 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, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, 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.

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, pulse-pounding narrative of an unthinkable disaster, and fire historians and researchers, state and federal officials, drawing upon more than a hundred hours of interviews with the firefighters’ families, colleagues, New York Times Phoenix Bureau Chief Fernanda Santos has written a riveting, a remarkable group of men and the raging wildfires that threaten our country’s treasured wild lands.

The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots - 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. 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.

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. In fernanda santos’ expert hands, pulse-pounding account of an American tragedy; and also as a meditation on manhood, the story of 19 men and a raging wildfire unfolds as a riveting, brotherhood and family love.

An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Granite Mountain Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them.





The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder and the Agony of Engine 57

Counterpoint - By the time of its containment four days later, 000 acres—almost 63 square miles—had been razed, over 41, destroying 34 homes and leaving federal taxpayers to foot most of a $16 million-dollar bill. The heart-stopping true story of the tragic and historic California wildfire by the award-winning, national bestselling author of Fire on the Mountain.

. Tragedy on the fire line” national geographic Adventure delivers “as thorough and gripping an account as could be hoped for, but it’s also a very human one. But the highest, most tragic cost was the lives of the five-man Forest Service crew of Engine 57, the first wildland engine crew ever to be wiped out by flames.

The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder and the Agony of Engine 57 - It was also the first time an arsonist was successfully prosecuted for murder—and sentenced to death. Reading like a taut murder mystery, “the bob woodward of forest fires, a whodunit novel you can’t put down” The Forestry Source, the nation’s chief chronicler of .  .  . On october 26, 2006, an arson-set wildfire ignited in the San Jacinto Mountains west of Palm Springs, California.

For csi, and ncis-loving readers, Bones, it is an engrossing read” Booklist.





On the Burning Edge: A Fateful Fire and the Men Who Fought It

Ballantine Books - A tear-jerking classic. Outside • named one of the best books of the year by men’s Journal   On June 28, 2013, a single bolt of lightning sparked an inferno that devoured more than eight thousand acres in northern Arizona. Twenty elite firefighters—the granite Mountain Hotshots—walked together into the Yarnell Hill Fire, tools in their hands and emergency fire shelters on their hips.

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. An award-winning journalist and former wildland firefighter, how they spread, Kyle Dickman brings to the story a professional’s understanding of how wildfires ignite, and how they are fought.

He understands hotshots and their culture: the pain and glory of a rough and vital job, the brotherly bonds born of dangerous work. History, which killed nineteen elite firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and also inspired the major motion picture Only the Brave. Only one of them walked out. The definitive account of one of the deadliest wildfires in U.

On the Burning Edge: A Fateful Fire and the Men Who Fought It - S. 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   “dickman weaves a century of fire-management history into the fully realized stories of the men’s lives—the sweat, the adrenaline, and the chewing gum that hotshot Scott Norris left in the shower before telling his girlfriend, Heather, the orange glow of fire within their aluminum shelters, ‘I’ll take care of it later.





Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm Of 1894

Lyons Press - Two trains ran the gauntlet of fire. On the other train, the engineer refused to back his locomotive out of town until the last possible minute of escape. Temperatures reached 1, 600 degrees Fahrenheit--the melting point of steel. The heroic young african-american porter ran up and down the length of the train, reassuring the passengers even as the flames tore at their clothes.

The fire created its own weather, bubbles of plasma-like glowing gas, including hurricane-strength winds, and 200-foot-tall flames. Brown recounts the events surrounding the fire in the first and only book on to chronicle the dramatic story that unfolded. Whereas oregon's famous "biscuit" fire in 2002 burned 350, 000 acres in one week, the Hinckley fire did the same damage in five hours.

Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm Of 1894 - One train caught on fire from one end to the other. On september 1, 1894 two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, trapping over 2, Minnesota, 000 people. In some instances, " or tornadoes of fire, "fire whirls, danced out from the main body of the fire to knock down buildings and carry flaming debris into the sky.

As the fire surrounded the town, two railroads became the only means of escape. In all, more than 400 people died, leading to a revolution in forestry management practices and federal agencies that monitor and fight wildfires today. Author daniel brown has woven together numerous survivors' stories, historical sources, and interviews with forest fire experts in a gripping narrative that tells the fascinating story of one of North America's most devastating fires and how it changed the nation.





River of Fire: The Rattlesnake Fire and the Mission Boys

Maclean Land & Tackle and Andersson Publishing - 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 rattlesnake fire had been burning since midday on the Mendocino National Forest. 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.

. Fifteen of the men below began a race with fire down the canyon, while another nine scrambled upward toward safety. The alarm was raised, but it came late. The sight mesmerized veteran firefighters. It was late evening when the wind over a brush-choked canyon in northern California unexpectedly shifted and roared downhill.

River of Fire: The Rattlesnake Fire and the Mission Boys - Long, fatal minutes passed before they remembered a crew of twenty-four men working in the canyon below. The 1953 rattlesnake fire, an educational opportunity for firefighters, however, has become an icon of teaching, and a marker for wildfire safety. The firefighters had hunkered down in a ravine to eat supper – and had posted no lookouts.





Gone at 3:17: The Untold Story of the Worst School Disaster in American History

Potomac Books Inc. - More than 300 students and teachers were killed, and hundreds more were injured. As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the catastrophe approaches, it remains the deadliest school disaster in U. S. The explosion led to laws that now require gas companies to add the familiar pungent odor. To save money on heating the school building, the trustees had authorized workers to tap into a pipeline carrying “waste” natural gas produced by a gasoline refinery.

On march 18, texas, a natural gas leak beneath the london Junior-Senior High School in the oil boomtown of New London, 1937, created a lethal mixture of gas and oxygen in the school’s basement. The town would never be the same. Using interviews, and archival newspaper files, testimony from survivors, Gone at 3:17 puts readers inside the shop class to witness the spark that ignited the gas.

Gone at 3:17: The Untold Story of the Worst School Disaster in American History - At 3:17 p. M. Few, has chronicled the explosion, however, its victims, until now, know of this historic tragedy, its cause, and no book, and the aftermath. Gone at 3:17 is a true story of what can happen when school officials make bad decisions. Many of those interviewed during twenty years of research are no longer living, but their acts of heroism and stories of survival live on in this meticulously documented and extensively illustrated book.

The odorless, colorless gas went undetected until the flip of an electrical switch triggered a colossal blast.





3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It

Grand Central Publishing - The unforgettable and heartbreaking true story of the firemen who bravely fought "the perfect fire" is now in paperback.