NFPA Journal looks back at the Mann Gulch fire

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Sep 19, 2014

6A05646EE3FA4428B33BE20C30C5F7F9Last May, Robert Sallee, a retired paper industry production manager from Spokane, Washington, died at the age of 82. He was the last survivor of the smoke jumping crew decimated by the 1949 Mann Gulch fire, one of the worst loss-of-life fires in fire service history. Sallee was just 17 when he became a smoke jumper for the U.S. Forest Service and one of 15 jumpers who parachuted in to fight the wildland fire in Mann Gulch, a steep canyon in the Helena National Forest in western Montana.

For more information on the Mann Gulch fire, which killed 12 smoke jumpers and a national forest ranger, and had a significant impact on wildland firefighter training nationwide, read "Looking Back" in the September/October issue of NFPA Journal.