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Historical Montana fire similar to AZ. Fire

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Fire season comes and goes every year with some years far worse than others. For Arizona this year is one of those worse years, but Montana has its share of fire disasters.

 The Yarnell Hill Fire near Prescott, Arizona started on Friday with a lightening strike in triple digit heat and so far has taken the lives of 19 men. Yet this story sounds familiar to many in Montana.

 When you compare the Yarnell Hill Fire to the fire that happened here in 1949 called the Mann Gulch Fire both stories are very similar.

it was August 4th, 1949 when a lightening storm caused a variety of fires in the Helena National Forest in record breaking heat. The Mann Gulch Fire was nearly 20 miles North of Helena and ultimately ended up burning over 4,500 acres of land. It was the 15 men who parachuted into the canyon of the fire location when winds picked up and jumped the canyon cutting off the escape route for the firefighters. Not having known the fire was moving so quickly the flames ended up taking the lives of 13 firemen.

As the fire today in Arizona has burned over 8,300 acres and taken the lives of 19 brave firemen, one being the Montana resident Dustin Deford. We are now facing the same tragedy again and our heroic firemen are being taken from us from yet another relentless fire.

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