Monday, July 1, 2013

Young Men and Fire - this time in Arizona

Nineteen firefighters died fighting a blaze in Arizona. The writer Norman McLean told the story of thirteen young men who died fighting a fire on a ridge above the upper Missouri River in Montana. His classic , spare reconstruction, Young Men and Fire told the story of thirteen crosses on the ridge above the river. Richard Shindell's beautiful song Cold Missouri Waters captures the tragedy. I hope someone of equal commitment and eloquence tells the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the men who died yesterday in what appears to be a similarly pointless firefight. Granite Mountain Hotshots prepare for burnout operations during a 2012 wildfire.

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