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In 1994, a wildfire on Colorado''s Storm King Mountain was wrongly identified at the outset as occurring in South Canyon. This unintentional, seemingly minor human error was merely the first in a string of mistakes that would be compounded into one of the greatest tragedies in the annals of firefighting. Before it was done, fourteen courageous firefighters—men and women, hotshots, smokejumpers, and helicopter crew—would lose their lives battling the deadly, so-called South Canyon blaze. John N. Maclean’s award-winning national bestseller Fire on the Mountain is a stunning reconstruction of the killer conflagration and its aftermath.

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"The Denver Post"Like his father [Norman Maclean, author of "Young Men and Fire]," Maclean has written a work that will be read and reread for years.

"The New York Times Book Review""Fire on the Mountain" renews our awe of and reverence for fire''s primal, inextinguishable essence, which crosses state lines, lifetimes and generations.

"The Washington Post Book Review"RIVETING.

"The Denver Post"

Like his father [Norman Maclean, author of "Young Men and Fire]," Maclean has written a work that will be read and reread for years.



"The New York Times Book Review"

"Fire on the Mountain" renews our awe of and reverence for fire''s primal, inextinguishable essence, which crosses state lines, lifetimes and generations.



"The Washington Post Book Review"

RIVETING.

"The Washington Post Book Review"

RIVETING.



"The Denver Post" Like his father [Norman Maclean, author of "Young Men and Fire]," Maclean has written a work that will be read and reread for years.

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In 1994, a wildfire on Colorado''s Storm King Mountain was wrongly identified at the outset as occurring in South Canyon.

This unintentional, seemingly minor human error was the first in a string of mistakes that would be compounded into one of the greatest tragedies in the annals of firefighting. Before it was done, fourteen courageous firefighters—men and women, hotshots, smoke jumpers, and helicopter crew—would lose their lives battling the deadly so-called South Canyon blaze.

John N. Maclean''s award-winning national bestseller Fire on the Mountain is a stunning reconstruction of the killer conflagration and its aftermath—a page-turning true adventure of nature at its most unforgiving, and a powerful, indelible portrait of a unique breed of heroes who regularly and without question place their lives on the line.

About the Author

JOHN N. MACLEAN is an award-winning author and journalist. He spent thirty years at the Chicago Tribune, most of that time as a Washington correspondent. After leaving the Tribune, Maclean wrote five nonfiction books about wildland fire that are considered a staple of fire literature as well as training material for firefighters. Maclean is the son of Norman Maclean, author of A River Runs Through It. The younger Maclean, an avid fly fisherman, lives in Washington, DC, and at a family cabin in Montana.

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Audie
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Storm King Mountain tragedy
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2020
There have been bigger fires with greater loss of life over the years, but for those who lived through this day, we will never forget the young people who died trying to save our families and our town. God bless them and God bless their families. They gave the ultimate... See more
There have been bigger fires with greater loss of life over the years, but for those who lived through this day, we will never forget the young people who died trying to save our families and our town. God bless them and God bless their families. They gave the ultimate sacrifice. This book portrays the events as they transpired well.
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Delaney Johnson
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One load of repellant would have stopped it.
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2019
Tragic story with all the government disorganization, oneupmanship and politics. For that, so many brave people''s lives were lost in a horrific manner. Hopefully there has been some improvement since this book was written...Hopefully!
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Great Reporting
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2019
I am a U. S. Forest Service retiree who was on a National Incident Management Team for ten years and was marginally involved in the aftermath of this tragedy. John Maclean’s book is easy to read and an excellent analysis of the incident. I can also. recommend his father’s... See more
I am a U. S. Forest Service retiree who was on a National Incident Management Team for ten years and was marginally involved in the aftermath of this tragedy. John Maclean’s book is easy to read and an excellent analysis of the incident. I can also. recommend his father’s book “Young Men and Fire” which tells the story of a very similar situation some forty years earlier.
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R. KnowltonTop Contributor: Camping
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Definitely Supplements the South Canyon Reports
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2011
I''ve studied the South Canyon fire on and off ever since I helped build the memorial trail on Storm King Mountain way back in 1995. Just a young 19-year-old then, my only remaining memories are of carrying landscaping material, briefly sitting beside a father as he dug the... See more
I''ve studied the South Canyon fire on and off ever since I helped build the memorial trail on Storm King Mountain way back in 1995. Just a young 19-year-old then, my only remaining memories are of carrying landscaping material, briefly sitting beside a father as he dug the hole for his son''s/daughter''s cross, and choking up with exhaustion and tears as I tried to climb the last 150 yards to Zero Point. The book helped me to have a much broader understanding of the incident after all these years.

This books fills in a lot of the back stories and firefighter biographies that are not present in the two South Canyon incident reports. It certainly doesn''t answer all the questions about the fire--they likely exist in the ten thousand pages of reference material cited by Maclean at the end of the book--but it''s certainly worth reading for anyone looking for more insight into the incident.

Written in a nice prose style, Maclean builds suspense throughout the first five chapters, even though I already knew what the final outcome of the fire was. It put an ache in my gut more than once as Maclean described the everyday activities and fateful chance decisions of the firefighters 24 to 48 hours before their deaths. The prose isn''t perfect: On more than one occasion, Maclean refers to previous wildland incidents (such as Mann Gulch) in a choppy fashion in an attempt to relate it to South Canyon. The attempt is probably lost on the casual reader. References like that only made sense to me because I''ve studied the fires (or took the time to look them up while I was reading the book). The obligatory photos in the center of the book are in black and white (hence the -1 star) and aren''t very useful when it comes time to understanding movement in the last minutes of the firefighters'' lives. To get useful pictures, the reader will need to download one of the official reports, which will have much more detailed reference photographs.

The book provides a nice level of detail that allows me to study the leadership decisions and risk management associated with the fire while providing useful insight into the emotional side of the tragedy.
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Linda S Vigil
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It’s sad that those fire fighters lost there lives because of red tape.
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2020
I was at Glenwood pool when that fire broke out. It’s sad that no one could just make a decision to get someone up there to fight that fire. I didn’t realize the red tape until I read the book.
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Fire on the Mountain
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2014
This was great reading. I was somewhat emotional at times. I am a retired U.S. Forest Service employee and firefighter and knew several of the Prineville crew members. John did a great job in investigating what happened and how this tragedy came to happen. Very good... See more
This was great reading. I was somewhat emotional at times. I am a retired U.S. Forest Service employee and firefighter and knew several of the Prineville crew members. John did a great job in investigating what happened and how this tragedy came to happen. Very good book. I also recommend this reading by other firefighters as a heads up as to what can happen in a very short time on wildfires. A few minutes can make a difference between life and death.
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Michael A. Michel
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Eye opening journey
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2013
I bought this book in preparation for a pilgrimage to Storm King. AS a former USFS Firefighter, I had long wanted to go there to pay my respects, as so many before me have. I felt the best way to ensure the best experience possible for myself was to educate myself on this... See more
I bought this book in preparation for a pilgrimage to Storm King. AS a former USFS Firefighter, I had long wanted to go there to pay my respects, as so many before me have. I felt the best way to ensure the best experience possible for myself was to educate myself on this incident by both reading the Official report, and also by utilizing John Maclean''s extensive investigative skills in this book. I was not disappointed. After reading this book, and then hiking to the incident scene one week later, all the details and reference points were fresh in my mind, and I could actually recognize and visualize what had happened that day as I was hiking it. I was the only one on that mountain that day, and I must say that it was a very somber, sad, eye opening as well as spiritual experience. It was one of the most rewarding things I have done in a long time, however. I highly recommend this to any firefighter, both active or former, to embark on this journey. I feel like I have had most of my questions answered and the sense of "what the hell happened up there?", that had lingered with me all these years is finally replaced with closure. The void is gone. This book helped tremendously with that, and I wish to thank John Maclean for helping make that possible for me through his hard work putting this book together. When I got home, I also watched the documentary that was based on this book, that was featured on the History Channel. "Fire on the Mountain", which touches on the similarities between the South Canyon fire and the Mann Gulch fire which also claimed the lives of young people back in 1949. I must say that this was also very rewarding after having just been to the site just days before. I couldn''t have asked for a better narrative with which to complete my journey to find answers and closure. This book and Documentary were in essence, a gift. A gift of closure. And for that, I am grateful. Thanks John.
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T. Stevens
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A truly remarkable book...
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2002
This is such a remarkable book. It satisfies on several fronts, creating a visual world that stays with the reader long after the last sentence is finished. Maclean''s research was complete and meticulous. He compiles his work into an astounding, captivating narrative... See more
This is such a remarkable book. It satisfies on several fronts, creating a visual world that stays with the reader long after the last sentence is finished.
Maclean''s research was complete and meticulous. He compiles his work into an astounding, captivating narrative that draws the reader along as the tragic events unfold on Storm King.
I felt as if I were there on the west flank line with the Prineville hotshots and the smoke jumpers. As I read this compelling book, I felt as if I''d known each of the victims for many, many years. I could actually feel the superheated air and smell the toxic gases coming off the blowup.
Along with a gripping narrative, Maclean incorporates analysis of events and decisions made prior to, during, and after the tragedy. This, again, is based on hours of interviews and meticulous research.
His reconstruction of the final moments of each of the victims was very benifical as well.
I''ve never been to Storm King Mountain, but after reading this truly exceptional book, I plan to go. I didn''t know any of the victims or people involved either, but after reading John Maclean''s exceptional book I feel as if I were there.
Buy this book, read it, cherish it, be moved by it.
It is a lasting memorial to those who died on the mountain.
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Mark O'Doherty
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A very insightful and profound narrative of firefighters
Reviewed in Germany on June 18, 2017
The book describes the events and aftermath of the South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain on July 6, 1994 in Colorado, which took the lives of 14 firefighters. A very insightful and profound narrative of firefighters, the book gave me a good overview of the most famous...See more
The book describes the events and aftermath of the South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain on July 6, 1994 in Colorado, which took the lives of 14 firefighters. A very insightful and profound narrative of firefighters, the book gave me a good overview of the most famous wildland fire of the late 20th century; and the great service and sacrifice of the firefighters involved in that incident. The number of people and agencies mentioned in the beginning of the book can prove difficult to keep track of, as well as the jargon and terminology - at least for a Non-U.S person like myself - but then the book suddenly explodes into a riveting, action-packed heartbreaking true adventure story. The reconstruction of the events are both brilliant and horrific; such as when smoke jumper Eric Hipke (one of the fortunate survivors of the Fire) outruns the blowup, while his fellow firefighters get incinerated behind him. Completely being drawn into this heart-wrenching true story, I actually had the feeling that I was on the mountain myself, witnessing this tragic event, although it happened over twenty years ago - the storytelling is that good. Regarding the element of human error of this tragic event, I suppose there are two philosophical ways of looking at it: On the one hand, firefighting is inherently dangerous. Sooner or later, fatal accidents are bound to happen in such a risky profession; so from that point of view John Maclean''s excessive criticism - virtually criticizing everybody - may be regarded as somewhat overbearing. On the other hand, the general consensus seems to be that the death of the 14 firefighters could have been avoided if there would have been better inter-agency cooperation and communication. Petty rivalries between overlapping bureaucratic agencies, resources - that exist - but are not made accessible to firefighting personnel who need them badly, whimsical decisions from people in key administrative positions, the BLM''s Grand Junction District not following their own policies, a reluctance by management to support aggressive initial attack on fires, red flag warnings and weather forecast never given to firefighters themselves, management failure to take responsibility for the safety of firefighters, management failure to communicate the identity of the incident commander, lack of communication with management during rescue operations etc. Perhaps it''s because I come from a German culture, but this sounds all very chaotic to me; clearly a dysfunctional leadership structure unable of making sensible, reasonable and rational decisions, which in public safety management is essential. So from my point of view, management theory in the US bureaucratic system concerning public safety and firefighting during that time was simply not working; probably also due to an excessive culture of assertion and confrontation, everybody wanting to be the boss and nobody willing to yield. But I suppose the US bureaucracy has its own culture, and is quite capable of learning from its mistakes, which I gathered from this book has happened to a certain extent; such as improving public safety policies and firefighting concerning the dangers of taking high risks for low-value wildlands.
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