Mann Gulch Fire, MT

On August 5, 1949, a USFS Smokejumper crew parachuted into Mann Gulch near its head and were soon trapped by an explosion of wind and forest fire known as a “blowup.” It was in this vicinity that the Smokejumper’s foreman, Wag Dodge, with the fire racing toward his men, knelt in the grass, set it ablaze, and, motioning for his men to join him, lay down in its ashes. Dodge’s men failed to understand him and ran past, up the slope at left. All but two were killed.