Wildland Firefighting

Incident Safety Officers in the Wildland Urban Interface

Issue 6 and Volume 172.

Wildland Urban Interface ❘ By Thomas W. Aurnhammer   On July 26, 2018, Redding, California, Fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke was killed while he was battling the Carr Fire in Northern California’s Shasta County. It was reported that a fire tornado was seen swirling near the segment of Buenaventura Boulevard that connects Land Park to Keswick Dam Road. Stoke was driving south on Buenaventura between Lake Keswick Estates and the Land Park/Stanford Hills subdivisions. He broadcast a Mayday over the radio and advised that he needed a water drop and was getting burned over. Stoke was caught in the fire tornado and died.     The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) issued a “Green Sheet,” Informational Summary Report of Serious or Near Serious CAL FIRE Injuries, Illnesses and Accidents, on this incident. The report noted that the large fire tornado was one of the primary causes of…

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