Remembering the smokejumpers of the Mann Gulch Fire

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Sep 9, 2014

Montana's Mann Gulch Fire of 1949, one of the worst loss-of-life events in fire service history, saw  12 smokejumpers and a national forest ranger die in the event, which had a significant impact on wildland firefighter training nationwide.  Mann

Read the sobering story of how one of the smokejumpers in that crew, Robert Sallee, survived, despite the terrible odds, in the September/October 2014 issue of NFPA Journal. (Sadly, Mr. Sallee, a Seattle, Washington resident, passed away in May at the age of 82.)

For a quick glance into the world of smokejumpers and the work they perform during a wildfire, check out Ryan Depew's blog post from September 2 featuring a video about the California Smokejumpers, courtesy of Los Angeles' KQED.