Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Remembering the Inaja Fire



58 years ago, 11 fire fighters lost their lives on the Inaja Fire on the Cleveland National Forest.  Their loss is not forgotten and many good things have come out of this tragedy to improve the safety of Wildland Firefighters.

Forest Service Firefighters
Albert W. Anderson, 45 years, Night Sector Boss (FS employee, SHF)
Carlton Ray Lingo, 19 years, Night Crew Boss (FS employee,CNF)
Forrest B. Maxwell, 30 years (FS employee, SHF)
Firefighters from Viejas Honor Camp and their CDF Supervisor:
LeRoy Wehrung, 41 years (CDF employee, Correctional Officer from Viejas Honor Camp)
Miles Daniels, 33 years
William D. Fallin, 22 years
George A. Garcia, 41 years
Virgil L Hamilton, 26 years
Joseph P. O’Hara, 45 years
Lonnie L. Shepherd, 26 years
Joe Tibbitts, 34 year

Eleven men lost their lives in a fire blow-up in San Diego Canyon on the Inaja fire, Cleveland National Forest, at 8:05 PM, Sunday, November 25, 1956. A 13 person inmate crew from from Viejas Honor Camp, their correctional officer, and 4 FS firefighters were cutting indirect line in the steep canyon west of Julian CA. Upslope winds increased in the evening when the Santa Ana winds ceased. Fire hooked under the men before they could reach safety at the top of a steep chimney. One Forest Service employee and six inmates escaped uninjured. However fire flashed over in an uphill run and 7 inmates, their correctional officer and 3 FS Firefighters died.

About the fire, from the report: Before being controlled at 6:00 pm, November 28, the fire burned 43,611 acres within the Cleveland National Forest and adjoining land protected by the State and burned at least 5 homes. More than 2,000 men fought the fire, 1,300 under Forest Service supervision. These included 500 Indians (local and Southwestern Region), about 500 Navy personnel, 200 inmates from San Diego County and State Honor Camps, and other organized crews. These men plus 3 helicopters, 4 air tanker planes, 2 scouting planes, 27 bulldozers, and a fleet of 90 stake, tank, and pickup trucks, formed one of the greatest arrays of men and equipment ever assembled to fight a forest fire in San Diego County.

From this incident came the 10 Standard Firefighting Orders 1957.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

KNOTT’S FIRE & POLICE PERSONNEL RECOGNITION DAYS



KNOTT’S FIRE & POLICE PERSONNEL RECOGNITION DAYS
HONORS THOSE WHO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY


Fire and Police Personnel and One Guest
Get in FREE November 22 through January 31

BUENA PARK, Calif. – As a thank you to all the men and women who assist in protecting life and property, Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park is proud to offer Fire and Police Recognition Days. Starting Saturday, November 22 through Saturday, January 31, 2015, Knott’s will once again extend free Park admission to all active fire and police personnel and one guest. From November 22, 2014 - January 4, 2015 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $29 each. January 5 - 31 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $24 each.

“We give great thanks to the fire officials and law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day for our community,” said Raffi Kaprelyan, Knott’s Berry Farm General Manager. “It is the dedication of these men and women that make our communities a safe place to live and work, and for that we are forever grateful.”

To participate, active fire and police personnel must present valid, photo fire or law enforcement ID at Knott’s Main Gate November 22 through January 31, 2015. Fire or police personnel absolutely must be present. Fire and law enforcement badges and identification cards are acceptable only if accompanied by photo ID. As all IDs must reference specific fire or law enforcement duty, government-only IDs will not be accepted.

Under promotional rules, Knott’s will admit sworn officers, civilian employees and support staff from all city and county fire and law enforcement organizations, plus the following: California Highway Patrol (CHP); County Sheriff; District Attorney; U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and other wild land fire organizations; correctional facilities (prisons); U.S. Marshals; ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); International Border Patrol; Immigration Naturalization Service (INS); Homeland Security which includes: International Border Patrol,Citizenship & Immigration, Immigration Customs Enforcement, Secret Service, FEMA,TSA; ambulance company EMTs; and reserve or volunteer fire and law enforcement members with valid ID. Please note that only individuals with proper photo ID specifically referencing fire or law enforcement duty will be accepted. The following organizations are not covered by the promotion: retired fire and law enforcement employees; U.S. Armed Forces, including all U.S. veterans; private law firms; reserve or volunteer fire and law enforcement members without valid ID; American Red Cross; California Conservation Corps.; private security firms; and all employees with government-only IDs or without specific fire or law enforcement IDs.

For more information on Knott's Berry Farm including Park hours, please call Knott’s Information at (714) 220-5200, visit us online at www.knotts.com or download the Knott’s Berry Farm mobile app for your smartphone.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

End of 2014 Fire Season

The 2014 Fire Season has ended for the crew.  This has been a slow season for the crew in Southern California but the crew did make it out a few times to Northern California.  Below is the end of season video done by Firefighter Tyler Jones.


Friday, November 07, 2014

PROMOTIONS

We have completed Fall Fire Hire.  This hiring was for career appointments, the crew had several folks promoted which is bittersweet as we gained new career folks and lost folks to new forest positions.

CONGRATULATIONS to the the following Laguna Hotshots on their promotions:

FUELS TECHNICIAN 
          Jamie Miller
Jamie has been on the crew since 2003 and has promoted through the years from Apprentice to Crew Squad Boss.  She has decided to follow her passion in the Fuels Reduction program working for the district Fuels Battalion Chief.


SQUAD BOSS
         Maria Mulholland~Coyne
Maria has been on the crew as a Senior Firefighter for several years.  She comes with a strong Hotshot background working for Laguna as well as Bear Divide Hotshots.  She has filled in as Acting Squad Boss on several occasions and comes with a strong leadership ability.


 APPRENTICE 
          Steve Roman
          Luke Tinker
          John Gomez
          Kyle Johnston
Steve, Luke, John and Kyle have been Temporary Employees on the crew and will now start their permanent career employment with the Forest Service.




          


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Thoughts and Prayers to the Family and our Cal Fire Family

This evening emergency personnel were able to access the crash site of a CAL FIRE airtanker that had crashed near Yosemite National Park and determined that the pilot on board had died. The CAL FIRE airtanker (Tanker 81) based out of the Hollister Air Attack Base had been fighting the Dog Rock Fire near El Portal when officials lost contact with it late this afternoon.

The pilot’s family has requested we withhold release of the pilot’s name until all immediate family can be notified.

“This crash underscores just how inherently dangerous wildland firefighting is and the job is further compounded this year by extreme fire conditions,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “We have secured the crash site and will be cooperating with the NTSB on their investigation.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back Home

The crew was released from the Silverado Fire today and is back home available.  The fire was contained at 968 acres.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Silverado Fire


The crew is assigned to the Silverado Fire on our forest.  The fire is currently 1,300 acres and is located in the Silverado Canyon and Main Divide area.  Tomorrow is forasted to be 105 degrees and a severe heat alert has been issued for the area.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cole Fire





The crew pulled a shift yesterday on the Cole Fire on the Orange County/Anaheim city limits.  The fire started on the 91 Freeway near Green River.  The fire was stopped at 40 acres.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Back Home

The crew has completed their assignment on the Happy Camp Complex and is back home on R & R.  The crew worked their entire assignment on night shift.  The crew tied in many sections of the fire doing Burn Out operations. Below are some photos of the crew and of the fire.  The photos were taken by Wildland Fire Photographer Kari Greer who followed several fire crews and captured what we do.















Thursday, August 21, 2014

Reassignment





The crew has been reassigned to the Happy Camp Complex on the Klamath Narional Forest Forest.

Released from the Way Fire

The crew has been released from the Way Fire.  Crew will either be reassigned to a new fire or sent home.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CA-CND-Way Fire

The crew has been ordered up for the Way Fire on the Seqouia National Forest.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Back home on R & R

The crew is back home on R & R and will be available for assignment on Tuesday August 19th.