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Author Dickman, Kyle, author.

Title On the burning edge : a fateful fire and the men who fought it / Kyle Dickman.

Publication Info. New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  363.37 DICKMAN    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  363.37 DICKMAN    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  363.379 DIC    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  363.379 DIC    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  363.37 DI    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xv, 277 pages : color illustrations, maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Note NETC LRC call no. SD 421.32 .D547 2015.
Summary This definitive account of the Yarnell Hill Fire is a heartbreaking tale of courage, difficult decisions, and ultimate sacrifice. On June 28, 2013, a single bolt of lightning sparked an inferno that devoured more than eight thousand acres in northern Arizona. Twenty elite firefighters--the Granite Mountain Hotshots--walked together into the blaze, tools in their hands and fire shelters on their hips. Only one of them walked out. Journalist-firefighter Dickman brings to the story a professional firefighter's understanding of how wildfires ignite, how they spread, and how they are fought. He understands hotshots and their culture: the pain and glory of a rough and vital job, the brotherly bonds born of dangerous work. Drawing on dozens of interviews with officials, families of the fallen, and the lone survivor, he describes in vivid detail what it's like to stand inside a raging fire--and shows how the increased population and decreased water supply of the American West guarantee that many more young men will step into harm's way in the coming years.--From publisher description.
Contents Prologue -- Tinderbox. The perfect profession ; Training day ; Marsh's crew ; First fire ; Justifiable risk -- The devouring fire. The dynamite and the wick ; To the east ; Bad memories ; Lessons learned ; In country not seen in daylight ; Tested ; We're still here ; Steed's crew -- One foot in the black. New starts ; Hometown pride ; Fire on the mountain ; Initial attack ; Eyes in the green ; Wind shift ; Evacuate immediately ; The space between ; Crossing the line ; After -- Epilogue.
Subject Lighting -- Yarnell, AZ.
Forest Fires -- Yarness Hill Fire.
Wildland fire suppression.
Decision making.
Specialty teams.
Wildfires -- Arizona -- Yarnell.
Yarnell (Ariz.) -- History -- 21st century.
Fires -- Casualties -- Arizona -- Yarnell.
Wildfire fighters -- Arizona -- Yarnell.
Response times.
Firefighter fatalities.
ISBN 9780553392128
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