Sunday, November 25, 2012

[californiadisasters] 1956 Inaja Fire , 11/26/2012, 4:00 am

Reminder from:   californiadisasters Yahoo! Group
Title:   1956 Inaja Fire
Date:   Monday November 26, 2012
Time:   4:00 am - 4:00 am
Location:   San Diego County - Cleveland National Forest
Notes:   At 8:05 P.M. on this date in 1956, a Santa Ana Wind-driven brush fire in the Cleveland National Forest in the San Diego County backcountry experienced a blow-up in one particular canyon that contained a dozen and a half firefighters in it.

Although one USFS employee and six inmate firefighters escaped, eleven firefighters did not and were burned alive when they became entrapped.

Killed were three USFS employees, one state corrections officer and seven inmate firefighters.

Ultimately, 43,611 acres were consumed.

On an ironic side-note, the 2003 Cedar Fire started about 1.5 miles from the location where these firefighters died.
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