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In the tradition of Deep Down Dark and A Perfect Storm, comes the harrowing, and tragic true-life story of one of America’s deadliest wildfires and the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June of 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the twenty men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action.

An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Granite Mountain Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. The Hotshots were loyal to one another and dedicated to the tough job they had. There’s Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train, and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his twenties who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play, and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy.

Impeccably researched, drawing upon more than a hundred hours of interviews with the firefighters’ families, colleagues, state and federal officials, and fire historians and researchers, New York Times Phoenix Bureau Chief Fernanda Santos has written a riveting, pulse-pounding narrative of an unthinkable disaster, a remarkable group of men and the raging wildfires that threaten our country’s treasured wild lands.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Fire Line is as powerful and consuming as the elemental force at the heart of this real-life drama.”

    Mitchell Zuckoff, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A riveting, pulse-pounding account of an American tragedy and also as a meditation on manhood, brotherhood, and family love.”

    Héctor Tobar, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Meticulously researched and as dramatic as any thriller…will keep you on the edge of your seat and break your heart.”


  • "A gripping account of one of the nation’s most deadly wildfires and an inspiring look at the men who put their lives on the line and the loved ones they left behind.”

    Associated Press

  • “The tight knit Hotshots included likely heroes, such as Marines, and unlikely ones, like convicted felons. A riveting account of a hellish day.”

    New York Post

  • “A conscientious and complete researcher, Santos will leave readers awed, somber, and moved.”


  • “[Santos] makes a valuable contribution to the literature of disaster preparedness and management―and given that wildfire is a growing problem in the ever more arid West, that literature needs all the good work it can get.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The author narrates a heartfelt introduction and afterword. Ari Fliakos’ reading of the text is subdued and serious, as befits the material. Good pacing and well-placed inflection keep the forward momentum, and his serious tone, devoid of drama, adds to the sense of foreboding as the events unfold. He alters his voice slightly for quotes from women and children, but otherwise maintains a neutral observer’s tone. Overall, Fliakos’ delivery is reminiscent of a reporter’s eyewitness account: well pitched to the text, unadorned, absorbing, and effective.”


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