6 years today since the deadly Esperanza Fire in Riverside County tragically took the lives of 5 firefighters.
Five firefighters were killed defending a vacant house locally known as the "Octagon" that was ultimately destroyed by the fire: Jason McKay, Jess McLean, Daniel Najera, Mark Loutzenhiser, and Pablo Cerda.
In June 2009, Raymond Lee Oyler was sentenced to death for starting the fire.
Santa Ana winds carried smoke as far away as San Diego, and a CAL FIRE report states that the winds ultimately led to the deaths of the firefighters.
With Santa Ana winds again blowing in Southern California, take time to pay tribute by helping us prevent another tragic fire.
The Esperanza Fire in Riverside County October 26th 2006
Full Esperanza Accident Report
U.S. Forest Service Accident Review Board Action Plan (22K PDF)