[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.