Preparing to fight the fire . . .|
Sometime around 3:10 p.m. the crew of 15 smoke jumpers landed near location #11 on the photo. (The numbers used will coincide with those used in Norman Maclean's book, "Young Men and Fire".) When they landed the fire was burning in area #14 on the photo. The men collected and organized their equipment (#12), and had a bite to eat before starting toward the fire. The temperature in Helena (20 miles to the south) was 97 degrees with strong SW winds and a relative humidity of only 3%.
Above: I compared this Google Earth image to the map in Young Men and Fire and then added the numbers as best I could. To see the numbers, move your cursor over the image (above).
Above: This photo shows the opposite view, looking toward the river from the head of the gulch. As the men landed in area 11, they would have seen the fire on the ridge toward the south.
"Young Men and Fire". . .
"Montana, The Magazine of Western History" Autumn 2004 issue . . .
|1. Welcome to Mann Gulch|
|2. Mann Gulch on the Missouri River|
|3. Hiking Mann Gulch|
|4. The C-47|
|5. August 5th, 1949|
|6. NEXT: The Final Journey Begins|
|7. Fire Crosses the Gulch.|
|8. The Blow-Up.|
|9. The race is on.|
|10. Dodge sets an escape fire.|
|11. Views from the Ridge.|
|12. The Crevice|
|13. Rescue Gulch|
|14. The Morning After|
|15. The Men of Mann Gulch|
|16. More About Mann Gulch|
|Gates of the Mountains Boat Tours|