Saddleback Fire Fatality (2013)

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Incident Date: 6/10/2013

[State]: California
[Date]: 06/10/2013
[Incident Type]: Hit by Tree

On June 10, 2013 three firefighters were constructing a fireline around a tree that had been struck by lightning, within the South Warner Wilderness of the Modoc National Forest, approximately fifteen miles southeast of Alturas, CA. At approximately 1700hrs, a limb fell out of the tree and struck Luke Sheehy, one of the firefighters.

Firefighters on-scene started CPR and called for emergency evacuation. The nearest aeromedical support was 55 minutes flight time and the aircraft landed at the Saddleback Landing Zone at approximately 1819hrs. Luke was transported by helicopter to the nearest hospital in Alturas. Despite all efforts to resuscitate him, he did not survive.

The videos linked to below, which are both productions of the U.S. Forest Service Office of Learning, are associated with the review of the Saddleback Fire.

The first video introduces the concept of "Margin." The second video explores some of the risks faced by folks working in the forest.

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Saddleback Field Learning Review   1.43MB   1 version
Uploaded - 05-21-2014
This is the Field Learning Review for the Saddleback Fire, and the death of Luke Sheehy, USFS Smokejumper. Updated May 1, 2014.
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Field Learning Review Facilitator Guide   1.18MB   1 version
Uploaded - 05-21-2014
This guide is intended to be used with the Field Learning Review above. Updated May 2, 2014.
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Saddleback Final Report   2.47MB   1 version
Uploaded - 11-07-2013
This document is the final report for the Saddleback Fire and the death of Luke Sheehy, USFS Smokejumper.
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Supporting Information for the Saddleback Final Report   637K   1 version
Uploaded - 11-07-2013
This document contains supporting information for the Saddleback Final Report
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Saddleback_Fire_72_Hour_Report.pdf   127K   1 version
Uploaded - 11-07-2013
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SaddleBack_Fire_24_Hour_Report.pdf   356K   1 version
Uploaded - 11-07-2013
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