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High-Expansion Foam Controls Abandoned Mine Fire

Issue 8 and Volume 118.

High-Expansion Foam Controls Abandoned Mine Fire —L. A. County F. D. photo by J. Ohanesian WHILE ON PATROL on March 28, Captain Burns of the Los Angeles County Fire Department spotted a fire at the abandoned Red Rover gold mine southwest of Palmdale. This started a chain of events which led to the department’s first use of high-expansion foam on a fire of this type. Personnel from Station 80 in Vincent responded with Engines 80 and 406. Engine 406 is one of the department’s light, fast, brush rigs stored for immediate service at the station and was suitable for use on the steep hill and curves on the winding road near the mine. Chief Pederson of Battalion 11 also responded. Fire fighters using 1-inch lines quickly extinguished the burning wooden derrick over the shaft. Then they attempted to put out burning timbers in the shaft by lowering 1-inch lines using…

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