The Thirtymile Fire

A Chronicle of Bravery and Betrayal

John Maclean

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“Pitilessly compelling, the sort of saga devoured in one horrified sitting.”—National Geographic Adventure

The Thirtymile Fire in the North Cascade Range near the Canadian border of 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 firefighting world. Then the very flames they pursued turned on them, extinguishing their lives. 

Weaving together the astonishing stories told by the fire’s witnesses and, later, the victims’ family members and the response to the official reports, John N. Maclean creates a riveting account of the deadly Thirtymile Fire and the controversy and recriminations that raged in its aftermath.

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John Maclean

John N. Maclean’s Fire on the Mountain was the MPBA best nonfiction title of 1999. A newspaper reporter and longtime student of wildfire, he assisted in the posthumous publication of his father, Norman Maclean’s, Young Men and Fire. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and Montana. Fire and Ashes (0-8050-7591-7) was selected as a Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2003.

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The Thirtymile Fire
A Chronicle of Bravery and Betrayal
John Maclean

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
May 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805083309
ISBN10: 0805083308
5 1/4 x 8 inches, 272 pages, Includes sixteen pages of pictures
$15.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae Book
November 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466856691
ISBN10: 1466856696
5 1/4 x 8 inches, 256 pages
$9.99
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