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Off the beaten path Mann Gulch

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by FIMCO-MEISTER, Jul 16, 2011.


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    Doing a Missouri River fly fishing trip with a buddy and we are going past Mann Gulch. Site of the first big tragedy in Forest Service smoke jumper history. I'm hoping I can get our guide to stop for a brief visit. No other way to really get to it.

    13 men died trying to outrun a fire that traveled 4000' in 20 minutes up a gulch. Just finished McLean's Young Men and Fire. A good read.

    "They were still so young they hadn't learned to count the odds and to sense they might owe the universe a tragedy."
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I will read that, I remember the tragedy. What a screw-up!

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    It was a compilation of events. The book tells it well. Everybody was to blame...nobody was to blame kind of tragedy. Helps to have a map of Mann Gulch when you read it.
  4. 1idejim

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    i have a friend that was a jumpmaster for the feds pete, he said that the mann gulch has a lot of energy, hope you take time to walk the site

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    Not sure ill get that much time its a long hike. i just want to stand on the bank of the missouri and look up the canyon thank my lucky stars for life and feel the ghosts of the brave.
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  6. AI Inc

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    Wasnt that the fire that changed the forsest services attitude about fighting every fire?

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    I'm not sure but it did cause an intense study of why fires blowup and become almost tornado like. Never get caught on a grassy plain in front of a fire with the wind blowing towards you.

    There was another situation like this in CO back in the nineties and that is my next read.

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