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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

LODD: CAL FIRE Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya, 22 Died after suffering a chainsaw injury to the leg

California Firefighter Fatality Notification

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: 
California inmate firefighter Frank Anaya has died from injuries he sustained July 5 in a chainsaw accident while battling a wildfire in Lakeside.

Name: Frank Anaya
Rank: Inmate Firefighter
Age: 22
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland Part-Time
Date of Incident: 07/05/2017
Time of Incident: 1330hrs
Date of Death: 07/11/2017
Fire Department: CAL FIRE
Address: PO Box 944246, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 94244-2460
Fire Department Chief: Director Ken Pimlott

Incident Description: Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya was treated on scene and taken to the hospital in critical condition on July 5, 2017, after suffering a chainsaw injury to the leg while working a fire near Lakeside, California. Fire crews were clearing brush and working with air crews to successfully defend a threatened mobile home park when the injury occurred. Despite all efforts by medical personnel, Inmate Firefighter Anaya passed away on July 11, 2017.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Interstate 8-Business and Los Coches Road.

Photo credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Tribute is being paid to Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya at

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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