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  • Fire on the Mountain

  • The True Story of the South Canyon Fire
  • By: John N. MacLean
  • Narrated by: John N. MacLean
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

On the morning of July 3, 1994, a misreported forest fire on Storm King Mountain in Colorado became one of the greatest tragedies in the annals of firefighting. In this dramatic reconstruction of the disaster and its aftermath, John N. MacLean tells the heroic and cautionary story of nature at its most unforgiving.

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  • Amazing

  • By Brendon on 12-01-08

Essential for all WLFFs

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Reviewed: 05-22-16

The narration was good, although a bit stilted at times. I understood the story because I have studied the event, through watching videos (Lessons Learned Center), reading the Fire Behavior Report, and I'll be going to the site in a few days. However, I feel it would have been much more comprehensive and useful with a downloadable map and pictures. Particularly for folks who aren't familiar with the wildland fire community. As for the story itself, I found it heart-wrenching. I went through a simulation - a mock burnout, and as I ran, I thought of those firefighters. It was terrifying. I'm thankful that others took this tragedy and used it as a impetus for change. I hope the public at large begins to speak up, because fire behavior is becoming more unpredictable. Unprecedented blowups and other issues, such as continued problems within the structure of fire operations, threaten the safety of the folks on the ground. We must collectively realize the importance of preventative measures to mitigate the risks, and educate people on the benefits and dangers of fire. With Yarnell on our heels, there must be a push for change, both within the Interagency program and with the views and attitudes of the public. John Maclean's books are a public service.