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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Remembrance: July 10, 2001 – Thirtymile Fire #LCES

     Four firefighters were fatally injured and four more firefighters and two civilians were injured on the Thirtymile Fire in the Chewuch River Canyon of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Northwest Regulars #6 crewmembers Karen FitzPatrick, Jessica Johnson, Dennis Weaver, and squadleader Tom Cravens were killed on a previously-thought safe rock scree slope when the fire ran up both sides of the canyon, entrapping the crew and civilians. 

    Many changes were enacted after this tragedy:  Including enforcing the 2:1 work/rest cycle, ensuring all fireline personnel are qualified for the ICS position they are performing, requiring written evaluations on all out-of-area resources on Type 3, 4, and 5 fires, and documenting adherence to LCES, the 10 Standard Fire Orders, and mitigation measures for the 18 Watchout Situations. In addition, the Cantwell-Hastings bill, which was signed into law in 2002, requires the Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General’s Office to investigate any U.S. Forest Service fire fatality.
     Thirty Mile Fire Progression map
    Visit http://www.fireleadership.gov/toolbox/staffride/lsr4_information.html for a collection of links to information about this fireline tragedy. 

    California Fire News 2012 
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