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In the tradition of Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm and Robert Kurson’s Shadow Divers comes a true and heartbreaking tale of courage, difficult decisions, and ultimate sacrifice. On the Burning Edge, by award-winning journalist and former wildland firefighter Kyle Dickman, is the definitive account of the Yarnell Hill Fire.

On June 28, 2013, a single bolt of lightning sparked an inferno that devoured more than eight thousand acres in northern Arizona. Twenty elite firefighters—the Granite Mountain Hotshots—walked together into the blaze, tools in their hands and fire shelters on their hips. Only one of them walked out.

Dickman brings to the story a professional firefighter’s understanding of how wildfires ignite, how they spread, and how they are fought. He understands hotshots and their culture: the pain and glory of a rough and vital job, the brotherly bonds born of dangerous work. Drawing on dozens of interviews with officials, families of the fallen, and the lone survivor, he describes in vivid detail what it’s like to stand inside a raging fire—and shows how the increased population and decreased water supply of the American West guarantee that many more young men will step into harm’s way in the coming years.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What makes this book a tear-jerking classic is the seamless manner in which Dickman weaves a century of fire-management history into the fully realized stories of the men’s lives—the sweat, the adrenaline, the orange glow of fire within their aluminum shelters, and the chewing gum that hotshot Scott Norris left in the shower before telling his girlfriend, Heather, ‘I’ll take care of it later. I promise.’”

    Outside magazine

  • “Dickman offers a riveting account of a dangerous occupation and acts of nature most violent—and those who face both down.”

    Library Journal

  • “Most people won’t remember the Yarnell Hill Fire in the summer of 2013, but mention the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the fact that nineteen of twenty of those firefighters died in the fire, and many more people will recall the terrible catastrophe. This audiobook, written by a former firefighter, tells the story of the fire and, more importantly, how our water and land management over the past 100 years will likely lead to more such tragedies. Will Damron narrates with a low, serious tone that reflects the book’s subject…[and] reads with clarity and authority.”


  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Sports & Outdoors
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