TIL On August 5, 1949 in Helena National Forest, 16 smokejumpers from the Forest Service jumped from planes to put out a fire in Mann Gulch. Shortly after they jumped, a “blow up” occurred in the fire, consuming over 3,000 acres of land in 10 minutes. Only 3 of the smokejumpers survived.

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