- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: August 14, 2000
On August 5, 1949, sixteen ''smoke jumpers'' parachuted into Mann Gulch, Montana to put out a routine forest fire. But what happened next was far from routine, as a chance combination of heat, wind and atmospheric conditions created a rare and deadly condition called a ''blow-up.''
ESCAPE! draws on local records and the testimony of survivors to tell the harrowing story of the FIRE IN MANN GULCH. The firefighters were literally chased up the slope of the Gulch by a fireball, and only three survived the raging inferno.
Surprisingly the quick thinking and resourcefulness that saved their lives created a controversy that rages within the U.S. Forest Service to this day. But the lessons learned at Mann Gulch were used to create a whole new brand of firefighting, one that has saved hundreds of lives in the years since.
From the Montana wilderness to today's Forest Service policies, this is the compelling story of the blaze that forever changed the way we deal with forest fires.