Katherin B. FitzPatrick

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Thirtymile Fire by John N. Mclean
Posted by Kathie Fitzpatrick on November 29, 2011 at 10:11 PM

"What happened after that is the story of how a no-account wildfire in a remote corner of the Northwest cut off and trapped a group of firefighters, who were joined by two civilians who came out of nowhere. The fire gave everyone time to prepare, though the time was wasted. And then it rose in fury, took an unexpected twist, and swept to it's horrific climax." (From The Thirtymile Fire p.4). "Why did the Thirtymile Fire take the fatal left hook and blast a tiny area that became the fatality site, when everyone thought it was going to pass safely by? "(p.141).

"Well they got dragged into a ....I don't even want to call it a plan....it was something that had been communicated...badly..which is,.'Why don't you try and stop the fire from crossing the road? You don't have to do it, but maybe we can do that.' Well, why? There was nothing on the other side of the road to save, you are not talking about commercial or even recreational timber values. "......and because of that you wind up with over forty people committed to a fire, in the middle of the afternoon, the hottest part of the day, a fire that had blown up, that they knew they couldn't handle, in the most dangerous time of year, in a very narrow canyon, that everybody had been told was going to burn out."

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