Mann Gulch fire remembered 63 years later

Thursday, August 9, 2012

This past Sunday, August 5, marked the 63rd anniversary of the Mann Gulch fire, in which 12 smokejumpers and a forest guard were killed fighting a wildfire in Montana. More than 60 years later, the fire continues to resonate with the families of the deceased as well as the general public. The topic is one of the most read items on the Forest History Society's blog, Peeling Back the Bark. In their most recent blog post, staff historian Jamie Lewis explores why this tragedy still fascinates us today.  Three years ago, Jamie shared his thoughts and impressions after visiting Mann Gulch.   Also, a summary history of the fire with links to resources in a “This Day in History” was posted on the 60th anniversary of the fire.