Informational Summary Report of Serious or Near Serious CAL FIRE Injuries, Illnesses and Accidents A Board of Review has not approved this Informational Summary Report. It is intended to enhance safety and training, aid in preventing future occurrences, and to inform interested parties. Because the report is published in a short time frame, the information contained herein is subject to revision as further investigation is conducted and/or additional information is developed. GREEN SHEET Burn Over Fatalities July 26, 2018 Carr Incident 18-CA-SHU-007808 18-CA-SHU-007962 California Northern Region SUMMARY On July 26, 2018, a private dozer operator (Dozer 1) and Marin County Engine Company (ENG1) were assigned to the Carr Fire in Shasta County, California. At approximately 5:30 p.m., the fire transitioned from a fuel dominated fire to a winddriven fire, resulting in a combination of increased fire behavior and extraordinary fire weather conditions. During the progression of the fire’s rapid spread through Old Shasta, Keswick, and into the City of Redding, firefighters were engaged in rescues, evacuations, structure defense, and suppression operations. As the wildland fire advanced into the City of Redding, Redding Fire Department personnel and apparatus responded, including a Fire Prevention Inspector (FPI1). Within a timeframe of approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, covering a 3-mile expanse, the following events transpired: Dozer 1 was burned over while improving dozerline; ENG1 firefighters suffered minor burn injuries while engaged in structure defense; and FPI1 was caught in a fire tornado while engaged in community protection. Dozer 1 and FPI1 suffered fatal injuries.
Fawn Fire Engine Rollover
72 Hour Report
At approximately 2325 hours on July 8, 2018, a non-federal cooperator agency’s Type VI engine returning from a firing operation on the Fawn fire, departed the dirt road it was traveling on, rolled down an embankment, and came to rest upright in a drainage.
Lake Christine Fire Dozer Rollover
72 Hour Report
While cresting a marginal drop-off, the D5M bulldozer rolled over approximately three times and came to a rest upright. The operator appeared to have lost consciousness during the rollover and the bulldozer continued to move in reverse, but was eventually stopped by the other bulldozer operator’s actions.
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Spring 2018 Two More Chains
Two More Chains: Spring 2018
This issue focuses on the “Bad Apple Theory” and provides related insights into Paul Gleason and the Cerro Grande Fire.
Podcast: Travis and Brit discuss Bad Apples
In this podcast, Travis Dotson and Brit Rosso discuss the concept of the "Bad Apple" as it applies to the business of wildland fire. To do so, we take a close look at one of our heroes, Paul Gleason, and some decisions Paul made back in 2000 on a fire some of you may have never heard of.