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Accident: 129178.015 - Employee Is Killed In Wildfire

Accident: 129178.015 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 08/31/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1491128.01509/01/2020Kl Farms/Fire Llc

At 2:20 p.m. on August 31, 2020, Employee # 1 was fighting an active forest fire . Three engine crews were advancing down a forest service road and trying to slo w the progress of the fire that was below them. The crew was engaged in fire sup pression activities when a wind change re-directed the fire uphill engulfing the ir location in burning trees and vegetation. In an attempt to escape the blaze, Employee # 1 and one other coworker started backing uphill to a turnaround spot approximately a quarter of a mile up the narrow forest service road. Between the smoke and flames, Employee # 1, who was the driver, lost track of the road. The truck she was driving slid approximately 25 feet down a steep grade. The truck came to rest broadside against a burning tree surrounded by burning brush. The vehicle became engulfed in flames; the coworker barely escaped. Employee # 1 die d due to incineration in the active wildfire.

Keywords: burn, fire, fire brigade, fire brigade/department, fire truck, truck driver

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1491128.015 63 F Fatality Firefighting occupations

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