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Mann Gulch Fire

  The Mann Gulch Fire near Helena, Mont., in 1949, took the lives of 13 firefighters and significantly changed how the U.S. Forest Service fought fires. On Aug. 4-5, the Helena National Forest will hold a 50th anniversary commemoration of the fire. Invited speakers include Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck, Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and Montana Gov. Marc Racicot. Contact Maggie Pittman, Public Affairs Officer, Helena National Forest, 2880 Skyway Dr., Helena, MT 59602 (406/449-5201 ext. 223); e-mail: mpittman/r1\[email protected]