Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Tree Strike (2022)

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Incident Date: 5/2/2022

[State]: New Mexico
[Date]: 05/02/2022
[Incident Type]: Hit by Tree

An IHC crew member was struck by a tree during hazard-tree felling operations to support firing operations. The hazard tree got hung up in a live, green tree, which changed the felling approach. When the tree fell, it pivoted on the ground and began falling in an uphill direction. The sawyer decided to run in a similar pattern based off the projection of where the tree would fall, and the tree struck him along his back. The crew member was transported via ambulance to a local hospital, then via rotor wing to a higher care facility, where he was diagnosed with five broken ribs and a pneumothorax, and was released 5/3/22.

[This data was provided by the USFS Weekly Summary Report.]

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