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Montana's Deadliest Fire

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Montana's deadliest wildfire is the Mann Gulch Fire of 1949. It killed 13 firefighters in the Helena National Forest.

The victims include a fire guard, as well as 12 smoke jumpers who parachuted into the area to fight the fire, but were unable to control it. Three smoke jumpers survived.

Lightening and hot weather sparked the blaze. It burned almost 5,000 acres of timber and grasslands. Historians said before Mann Gulch, no smoke jumper had ever died fighting a wildfire.

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