ultrafacts:The Capitan Gap Fire was a 17,000 acres forest fire…


The Capitan Gap Fire was a 17,000 acres forest fire that broke out in Lincoln National Forest,New Mexico in the Capitan mountain range in 1950.

While a 24-man firefighting crew desperately dug firebreaks the wind shifted, and the fire jumped the line. The men buried themselves in the earth of a recent landslide, and survived the fire.

Also during the blaze, a bear cub who the men had previously seen ducking in and out of the forest survived the fire by climbing a tree and hanging onto the windward side with only singes and other survivable injuries. He was rescued by the firefighters and named Hotfoot, before filling the role of Smokey Bear.[x]

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