On the Burning Edge

On the Burning Edge

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In the tradition of Sebastian Jungera€™s The Perfect Storm and Robert Kursona€™s Shadow Divers comes a true and heartbreaking tale of courage, difficult decisions, and ultimate sacrifice. On the Burning Edge, by award-winning journalist and former wildland firefighter Kyle Dickman, is the definitive account of the Yarnell Hill Fire. On June 28, 2013, a single bolt of lightning sparked an inferno that devoured more than eight thousand acres in northern Arizona. Twenty elite firefightersa€”the Granite Mountain Hotshotsa€”walked together into the blaze, tools in their hands and emergency fire shelters on their hips. Only one of them walked out. Dickman brings to the story a professional firefightera€™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 ita€™s like to stand inside a raging firea€”and shows how the increased population and decreased water supply of the American West guarantee that many more young men will step into harma€™s way in the coming years. Praise for On the Burning Edge a€œWhat makes this book a tear-jerking classic is the seamless manner in which Dickman weaves a century of fire-management history into the fully realized stories of the mena€™s livesa€”the sweat, the adrenaline, the orange glow of fire within their aluminum shelters, and the chewing gum that hotshot Scott Norris left in the shower before telling his girlfriend, Heather, a€˜Ia€™ll take care of it later. I promise.a€™a€a€”Outside a€œDickman offers a riveting account of a dangerous occupation and acts of nature most violenta€”and those who face both down.a€a€”Library Journal From the Hardcover edition.rant McKee parked his aging Dodge Neon by a row of pickups out front of an aluminum-sided shop in Prescott, Arizona. The air shook with the punch of nail guns and the rattle of diesel engines, and a dry breeze wicked the last of wintera#39;s anbsp;...

Title:On the Burning Edge
Author:Kyle Dickman
Publisher:Ballantine Books - 2015-05-12


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