The Thirtymile Fire

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ISBN: 9780805083309

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A riveting account of the deadly Thirtymile fire and the controversy and recriminations that raged in its aftermath, from the premier chronicler of wildfires and those who fight them. The Thirtymile fire in the remote North Cascade range near the Canadian border in Washington began as a simple mop-up operation. More »

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ISBN: 9780805083309

A riveting account of the deadly Thirtymile fire and the controversy and recriminations that raged in its aftermath, from the premier chronicler of wildfires and those who fight them. The Thirtymile fire in the remote North Cascade range near the Canadian border in 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. Each had brought order and meaning to their lives by joining the fire service. Then, the very flames that they pursued turned on them, snuffing their lives. When the victims were blamed for their own deaths, the assertion brought a storm of outrage and controversy that undermined the firefighting community. 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. Weaving together the astonishing stories told by the witnesses, the victims' family members, and the official reports, MacLean produces a dramatic narrative of a catastrophe that has changed the way fire is fought. More than anything, it is a story of humanity at risk when wildfire breaks loose. Available in both hardcover and paperback.

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