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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
ISBN 13: 9780061829611
ISBN 10: 61829617
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2009-12-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $14.99

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 occuring 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 thier lives on the line as part of their daily jobs.

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