A race that couldn't be won [drawn from GTR INT-299]
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): R. C. Rothermel; H. Brown
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • blowups
  • catastrophic fires
  • convection
  • fire case histories
  • fire equipment
  • fire injuries (humans)
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • firebrands
  • firefighting personnel
  • flame length
  • flammability
  • fuel moisture
  • grasses
  • health factors
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • mortality
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • rate of spread
  • rivers
  • shrubs
  • spot fires
  • surface fuels
  • understory vegetation
  • US Forest Service
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: May 22, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 40928
Tall Timbers Record Number: 15743
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.32:60/2
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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From the text ... 'Lessons learned: Deeply shocked by the Mann Gulch tragedy and subsequent firefighter fatalies in California, the Forest Service initiated reforms to prevent future disasters. Thanks to improved training, equipment, and safety techniques, another tragedy was averted on August 29, 1985, during the Butte Fire on the Salmon National Forest, ID. Seventy-three firefighters were entrapped for up to 2 hours by a severe crown fire. By calmly moving to preestablished safety zones and deploying their fire shelters, all 73 firefighters escaped serious injury. In part, they owe their lives to the lessons learned from the Mann Gulch Fire.'

Online Link(s):
Rothermel, R. C., and H. Brown. 2000. A race that couldn't be won [drawn from GTR INT-299]. Fire Management Today, v. 60, no. 2, p. 8-9.

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