An interview with John Maclean


KDNK, a public radio station in Carbondale, Colo., regularly interviews High Country News writers and editors, in a feature they call "Sounds of the High Country."

Here, Nelson Harvey talks with John Maclean, author of Fire on the Mountain, a book about the 1994 South Canyon Fire in Colorado, which took 14 lives. Maclean believes the firefighter fatalities in the Yarnell Hill Fire should have been prevented.

Thumbnail photo licensed under Creative Commons, courtesy Flickr user dagnyg.

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Geraldine Ahrens
Geraldine Ahrens
Jul 30, 2013 11:07 AM
I am glad to see this article. Not one life is worth the price of a house. Recently I read an article, can't remember where, that insurance companies are beginning to take more notice of houses built in high fire districts. Perhaps a sharp rise in fire insurance rates will cause people to take a longer look at their decision to live in areas of high fire danger.