• Maclean was at his cabin in Seely Lake, Montana when the Mann Gulch fire was burning.
• From the local postmistress, Maclean learned that thirteen smokejumpers had died in the fire.
• Maclean felt driven to go and look at the fire himself.
• He recalled his experience working for the Forest Service when he was fifteen.
• There was a fire at Fish Creek during his time with the Forest Service.
• The commonly held belief was that homesteaders started the fire at Fish Creek.
• The homesteaders were upset because the Forest Service had issued a permit allowing sheep to graze the land.
• There is nothing left for deer to eat after the sheep graze, and the deer population decreases.
• Hunting deer is the major industry of the small community, and they believed their livelihood was being threatened.
• The fire spread quickly, and what was supposed to only burn upstream...
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