By Mary Ellen Goulet

<“You will consider the fire!”
—Peggy Sanders, writer of The Civilian Conservation Corps In and round the Black Hills.>

< At one minute to seven at the night of July 7, 2007, after seven years of drought within the Southern Black Hills of South Dakota, lightning struck in Alabaugh Canyon, without delay lower than a brand new improvement of twenty-seven houses at the best of the canyon. The canyon was once overgrown with tall grasses and brittle-dry ponderosa pines and cedar timber. a few of the houses have been nestled between timber, with one-way, winding airborne dirt and dust roads exiting the realm.
Within hours, the peaceable rural local was once overtaken through raging, out-of-control flames. householders fled via fireplace and smoke, whereas volunteer, kingdom and federal firefighters fought rampaging flames and, from time to time, ran for his or her lives.
Cascade of Flames tells the tales of firefighters and owners who lived via this catastrophe. Their first-hand money owed are starkly sincere, scary, intestine wrenching, soul looking and hopeful.
The writer and her husband additionally fled the flames, of their case simply mins ahead of their fire-resistant domestic disintegrated within the fireplace, shattering their goals in a single overwhelming night.

“Preserving background in the course of the phrases of these who’ve lived it presents
the such a lot stirring and exact account of any event—large or small. Cascade of Flames does simply that.”
—Jim Kent, author and columnist.

“A gripping account of the Alabaugh fireplace that impacted such a lot of lives—detailed, own, devastating. analyzing this opened a complete international to me.”
—Marion Dane Bauer, writer of the unconventional On My Honor, an American Library organization Newberry Honor Book.>

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