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Thursday, September 1, 2016

LODD USFS Plumas National Forest Engine Operator Ian Howard

California Firefighter Fatality Notification

Notice of the following firefighter fatality: 

Name: Ian Howard
Rank: Engine Operator
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland Full-Time
Years of Service: 14
Date of Incident: 08/21/2016
Time of Incident: Pending
Date of Death: 08/21/2016
Fire Department: USFS Plumas National Forest - Beckwourth Ranger District
Address: 159 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA 95971-6025
Fire Department Chief: Forester Daniel Lavato

Incident Description: Engine Operator Ian Howard was assigned to Engine 16 from the Beckwourth Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest and prepositioned for firefighting at the Paskenta Work Center on the Mendocino National Forest. Howard was stationed overnight in Corning, California, where he was found in the morning deceased.
The nature and cause of a fatal injury are still to be reported.

Incident Location: Corning, CA 96021

Department Information
USFS Plumas National Forest - Beckwourth Ranger District
159 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA
U.S. National Grid: 10S FK 7586 2286
Quincy, California 95971-6025
Chief: Forester Daniel Lavato
Tribute is being paid to Engine Operator Ian Howard at

 To date, 58 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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