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Jun 27, 2024

PBS Higgins Ridge Documentary


A link to the PBS Documentary on the Higgins Ridge Fire is under Useful Links.

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Higgins Ridge is a local public television program presented by Montana PBS.

Twelve years after 13 smokejumpers were killed on the Mann Gulch Fire 13 miles north-northwest of Helena, Montana, 20 jumpers were entrapped on a fire in northern Idaho 83 miles southwest of Missoula, Montana.

In 1961 the U.S. Forest Service sent 20 of its most elite firefighters - smokejumpers - to parachute into the Idaho wilderness to put out a wildfire burning on a mountain ridge. What looked like a routine fire from the air became a different story on the ground, as wind fueled the blaze into a blowup. The smokejumpers pivoted from battling the fire to fighting for their lives as the fire surrounded them.

This is their story...

PBS Higgins Ridge Documentary