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Notes from JWR:

August 5th is the sad 64th anniversary of the Mann Gulch Fire [1] in Montana that took the lives of 13 firefighters (including 12 smokejumpers and one former smokejumper), in 1949. The intense, fast-moving forest fire was in what later became Gates of the Mountains Wilderness. The events of that fire were chronicled in the book Young Men and Fire [2] by Norman Maclean and immortalized in the haunting lyrics of the ballad Cold Missouri Waters [3] by James Keelaghan. This anniversary of course reminds us of the recent Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona [4], where 19 hotshots died. Please keep their family members in your prayers.

After hearing the recent news, it is probably a good time to avoid visiting US embassies, consulates, or other places westerners congregate anywhere in the Islamic world: Senior U.S. Official: Intercepted Al Qaeda Communications Indicate Planned Attack ‘Big,’ ‘Strategically Significant’. FWIW, I think they’ve overlooked giving alerts in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.