Back in 1949, near Helena Montana, thirteen smokejumpers died when the winds changed on The Mann Gulch fire and trapped them on the mountain.
I first heard this story when I was in Business school at Montana State where they taught us how to avoid the communication problems that went wrong that day.
I later learned that the man who wrote A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean, wrote a book about this story as well. The book is called Young Men and Fire and you can check it out HERE.
I wrote my Mann Gulch Fire song after being inspired by that book and I recommend it to lots of people. If you’re interested in the origin of this song, see the video I released a long time ago, below.
For more information on The Mann Gulch fire click here.