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Richard Rothermel Recalls helping Norman Maclean

by Chris Sorensen |

Retired Fire Scientist Richard Rothermel made a presentation on the Forest Service pamphlet "The Race that Couldn't Be Won" at the Intermountain Fire Lab this week.

Along about 1979, Norman Maclean went looking for an expert.

The University of Chicago professor and a U.S. Forest Service friend, Laird Robinson, sought someone who knew the science of wildfire behavior for a book Maclean was researching on Montana's Mann Gulch fire of 1949. They were soon knocking on Dick Rothermel's door.