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July 3, 2019



This week is dedicated to wildland firefighters who have sacrificed their lives while in the line of duty and is intended to renew our commitment to health, wellness and the safety of wildland firefighters. The best way to honor a fallen firefighter is to learn from the experiences of the past and ensure we do better in the future. Firefighter and public safety is the number one priority for the Forest Service in wildfire response. Managing wildfire is inherently complex and challenging and compounded by many factors including longer fire seasons, increasing size and severity of fires and the expanding risk to communities, natural resources and firefighters. As an agency we are dedicated to the goals outlined in the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. We aim to create resilient landscapes, fire adapted communities and a safe and effective wildfire response.

Below are some example of lessons learned from fatalities that have occurred throughout the interagency fire community. Unfortunately there is a long list a firefighters who have died in the line of duty and not enough space to cover every incident. We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of all firefighters who have lost their lives protecting our public lands and serving the people and their communities.

Yarnell Hill- Remember Granite Mountain


On June 30, 2013, nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew lost their lives fighting fire on the Yarnell Hill fire. Every year wildland firefighters die in the line of duty. In 2013 our community suffered the loss of 34 fellow firefighters – 56 percent of them on one fire.

Watch the Yarnell Hill Briefing Video

Storm King Mountain 1994


On July 6th, 1994, 14 firefighters were killed on the South Canyon Fire near Glenwood Springs, CO.  These videos are from the perspective of 11 firefighters that were there that day.
Made by - Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher

Watch Part One

Watch Part Two

Hallowed Ground. Storm King Mountain Memorial Trail

We Will Always Remember...

Spencer Koyle

Devil's Den Fire

On August 17, 2006, Division Supervisor Koyle was on the scene of the lightning-caused Devil's Den wildland fire near Delta, Utah. He was assigned as the Assistant Fire Management Officer for this incident. Division Supervisor Koyle and the incident commander were airlifted into the area of the fire at approximately 1230hrs. After his arrival, Division Supervisor Koyle walked down into the canyon to scout the fire. After working his way down into the canyon, Division Supervisor Koyle ordered water drops on hot spots. Fire conditions worsened dramatically and the incident commander ordered Division Supervisor Koyle to get out of the canyon. Division Supervisor Koyle began to run from the advancing fire, stopped to deploy his fire shelter, and was overrun by the fire. The fire shelter was not able to sufficiently protect him and he was fatally burned.


Caleb Hamm

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.


Cramer Fire Case Study

July 22, 2003 two firefighters, Jeff Allen and Shane W. Heath, were killed on the Cramer fire. Watch the case study and learn more about what happened on this day.

Cramer Fire Case Study

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation (WFF) plays a major role  honoring past, present, and future wildland firefighters through the support of maintaining and growing the national monument established for those who have lost their lives for the family and friends that miss them. They operate a financial fund providing assistance to the families of fallen wildland firefighters and to injured firefighters, and is a partner with private and interagency organizations to educate the public about wildland fires and promote excellence and safety in firefighting.
The WFF really takes care of our firefighters and their families during the hardest times. Benefits after a fatality can take up to 3 months for the family of a wildland firefighter to receive them. The foundation helps support those families with their immediate financial needs during this time such as funeral costs. The WFF also offers long term grief recovery services for families of our fallen heroes. The WFF will often times support the injured wildland firefighters who usually only receive 60% of their base pay after an injury. Those injured will usually lose their overtime pay and then don’t always have a way to support their families. The Foundation can, and often does, fly family members to the bedside of the injured, who are usually states away from where they live. They also work with individuals suffering from the effects of long term trauma as well as firefighters and their families who have been exposed to horrific incidents such as when there is a firefighter fatality or there has been a serious injury.
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