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Dropped wreaths mark 70th anniversary of tragic Montana fire


August 4, 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Officials are marking the 70th anniversary of a tragic blaze north of Helena that killed 13 firefighters and prompted the U.S. Forest Service to rethink its fire training, safety and research.

The plane that transported most of those firefighters to the Mann Gulch fire dropped wreaths during a flyover of the site on Monday to honor those who died on Aug. 5, 1949.

That day, 15 smokejumpers parachuted into the gulch to fight a small lightning-caused fire. They were joined by a fire guard from the Helena National Forest.

The blaze spread to thousands of acres within minu...

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