Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Reassigned to SNF-Willows Fire

The crew has been released from the Cutca Fire and reassigned to the Willows Fire on the Sierra National Forest.  The fire is 1700 acres and 5% contained.  The fire is in steep rugged terrain.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


The crew has been assigned to the Cutca Fire on the Cleveland National Forest.  The fire is located on Palomar Mountain and is about 200 acres.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Back Home

Crew has been released from the Mill 2 last night and is back home available.

Monday, July 13, 2015

CA-BDF-Mill 2

The crew is assigned to the Mill 2 fire on the San Bernardino National Forest.  The fire is 40 acres and has containment lines around it.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sad Loss

I am saddened to share with you the tragic loss of two of our fine firefighters; 

Crew Superintendent Dale Mendes of the Salyer Type 2 IA crew, stationed on the Lower Trinity Ranger District of the Six Rivers NF; and Jason Price who had been hired as a contractor i.e, Administratively Determined (AD) employee, to meet staffing needs for the Salyer Crew.

Sometime after 10 pm on July 8, 2015, Forest Service employees Dale Mendes and Jason Price died in an off-duty motor vehicle accident near Willow Creek, California. Their vehicle was discovered down a steep embankment upside down in the Trinity River directly across from Camp Kimtu Beach Recreation Area. 

Dale started his career with the USFS in 2004 right out of high school, as a GS-3 firefighter on the Ukonom Hotshots. In 2010, through hard work and recognition as an excellent firefighter, he became a GS-8 Captain on this crew. In 2014, Dale became the Salyer Crew Superintendent. 

Jason was recruited by Dale as an AD firefighter. Jason’s first fire was the Bluff Fire that started the 8th of July on the Orleans RD, the day prior to the accident. The Salyer Crew was assigned as an initial attack resource for this incident. Dale and Jason were from the local area and were long-time friends.

The Region mourns with the Six Rivers National Forest the loss of two of its own. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts are with their family and friends. They will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by the Region, Six Rivers National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service and the local communities that they called home.

Randy Moore
Regional Forester
Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Region

Friday, July 10, 2015

Never Forget

Incident Name: Thirtymile Fire 
Date:  07/10/01, 1724 hrs
Personnel: 4 Lives Lost (see below)
Age:  Varies
Agency/Organization:  US Forest Service 
Position: Varies
Thomas Lee Craven, 30- Firefighter/Wildland Full Time
Devin Andrew Weaver, 21-Firefighter/Wildland Part Time
Jessica Lynn Johnson, 19- Firefighter/Wildland Part Time
Karen Lee FitzPatrick, 18- Firefighter/Wildland Part Time
The Thirtymile Fire began when a picnic cooking fire was abandoned and spread to the surrounding forest. The fire was located in the Chewuch River Canyon, about 30 miles north of Winthrop, Washington. The Northwest Regulars #6, a 21-person Type 2 crew from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, was dispatched to the fire in the early morning hours of July 10, 2001. The crew arrived at the fire at approximately 9:00 a.m. After a safety briefing, the crew went to work at 11:00 a.m. The crews worked until approximately 3:00 p.m. when they stopped to eat, rest, and sharpen their tools. About 4:00 p.m., they responded to a request for help from another crew in the area; two of the three squads were sent to assist.
The fire began to develop quickly, and the decision was made to leave the area. The road to safety was cut off by fire progress. The incident commander selected a site near the river that was rocky and had less vegetation than other areas in the canyon. Although several firefighters congregated above the road to monitor the fire, they were not prepared for the suddenness with which it arrived. Six firefighters, including the four that died, deployed their fire shelters above the road. After the fire passed, it was learned that Squad Boss Craven and Firefighters Fitzpatrick, Johnson, and Weaver had been killed. The cause of death for all four firefighters was asphyxia due to inhalation of superheated products of combustion. Their fellow crewmembers and two civilians survived.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Never Forget

Incident Name:  Rattlesnake Fire on the Mendocino National Forest
Date: July 9, 1953
Personnel: New Tribes Mission Firefighting Crew, Fouts Springs, CA; 2 Forest Service employees: 15 lives lost
Agency/Organization: US Forest Service
Position: Firefighters
Robert Powers, 35, married two children, FS employee
Ray Sherman, 19, married, no children
Stan Whitehouse, 30, married, four children
Stan Vote, 24, single, FS employee
Darrel Noah, 31, married, four children
Bob Mieden, 35 married, two children
Paul Gilford, 32, single
Benny Dinnel, 27, single
Harold Griffis, 37, married, seven children
Dave Johnson, 27, married, two children
Howard Rowe, 25, married, two children
Sergio Calles, 40, married, no children
Cecil Hitchcock, 20, single
Dan Short, 20, single
Allan Boddy, 30, marriage status not given
The Rattlesnake Fire, an arson fire, was started about 1430 hrs on July 9, 1953 on the Mendocino National Forest, approximately 28 mi NW of Willows CA. It was discovered along Alder Springs Rd. near Oleta Point and reported to Willows Dispatch. At 1900 hrs about 100 people were fighting the fire and the wind was blowing about 15 mph out of the SE. Just before 2200 hrs the wind quieted but then quickly changed direction, lighting spotfires. The fire jumped the lines and overran firefighters. Nine raced uphill to safety. Fifteen retreated downhill and died. The tragedy stimulated the Forest Service to increase firefighter training and research on fire hazard management.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Never Forget

Caleb Hamm

Incident Name:  CR 337 Fire, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Date:  July 7, 2011, 1550 hrs
Personnel: Caleb Nathaniel Hamm
Age: 23, he would have been 24 on August 25, 2011
Agency/Organization: Bureau of Land Managements Bonneville Interagency Hotshot crew working for the Texas Forest Service
Position: firefighter
Summary: On July 7, 2011 at approximately 1550 hours, crewmembers from the Bonneville IHC were performing cold trailing operations after completing hand fireline construction in Division A of the CR 337 Fire. This location is approximately 5 miles northwest of Mineral Wells, in Palo Pinto County, Texas. Weather conditions were very hot, with afternoon temperatures exceeding 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Without exhibiting any noticeable signs of distress, crewmember Caleb Hamm lost consciousness and stopped breathing. Initial efforts to restore breathing were unsuccessful.
Emergency medical response was activated at approximately 1555 and at approximately 1700 Caleb arrived at Palo Pinto General Hospital in Mineral Wells. Caleb was pronounced dead by the attending physician shortly after.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Never Forget

We will never forget

On July 6, 1994, fourteen wildland firefighters gave their lives on Storm King Mountain during the South Canyon Fire. 

Thursday, July 02, 2015

CA-CNF-Crosley Fire

The crew was assigned to a local fire 6/30-7/1.  The Crosley Fire was a lightning caused fire in the Agua Tibia Wilderness on the Palomar Mountain.  The Crew Spent the night and day containing and extinguishing the fire.

 Working the night shift

 Mopping up second lightning strike tree.

What it it looks like after a hard nights work 

Squad Boss Maria Mulholland~Coyne cuts down a lightning struck tree with heat in it. 

Ryan Veenstra hooking up cargo net to helicopter to fly out supplies.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Never Forget


On June 30, 2013, 19 of the 20 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots perished fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire:
  • Ashcraft, Andrew - Age: 29
  • Caldwell, Robert - Age: 23
  • Carter, Travis - Age: 31
  • Deford, Dustin - Age: 24
  • MacKenzie, Christopher - Age: 30
  • Marsh, Eric - Age: 43
  • McKee, Grant - Age: 21
  • Misner, Sean - Age: 26
  • Norris, Scott - Age: 28
  • Parker, Wade - Age: 22
  • Percin, John - Age: 24
  • Rose, Anthony - Age: 23
  • Steed, Jesse - Age: 36
  • Thurston, Joe - Age: 32
  • Turbyfill, Travis - Age: 27
  • Warneke, William - Age: 25
  • Whitted, Clayton - Age: 28
  • Woyjeck, Kevin - Age: 21
  • Zuppiger, Garret - Age: 27

Monday, June 29, 2015

Back Home

The crew is back home and has completed 2 days of R&R.  Crew is available for response.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Released from the Saddle Fire

The crew tied in the last piece of line for containment of the Saddle Fire.  We have been released and reassigned to cover on the Inyo National Forest in Bishop, Ca due to extreme fire weather conditions (high temperature and low RH's)