Remembering~ 4 Wildland Firefighters~ Thirtymile Fire in 2001

On July 10, 2001, four Wildland Firefighters died fighting the Thirtymile fire in Washington State. The crew consisted of Firefighter Karen FitzPatrick, Firefighter Jessica Johnson, Firefighter Devin Weaver and Crew Chief Tom Craven.  The Thirtymile Fire started as an escaped picnic cooking fire on July 9, 2001, on the Okanogan National Forest in the state of Washington. On the evening of July 9, the Libby South Fire was already burning 50 miles (80 km) to the south, and this fire exceeded 1,000 acres (4.0 km2).  To the north on the Thirtymile Fire, four firefighters were killed in the line of duty.   They were Tom Craven, 30, Karen FitzPatrick, 18, Jessica Johnson, 19, and Devin Weaver, 21.

There are some excellent resources to learn the lessons of this fire.   There is a four page executive summary, a 100 page report, and a book by John MacLean.

Please join with us in sending our condolences to the family and peers of the four Wildland Firefighters who died fighting the The Thirtymile Fire in 2001.

“Rest easy, friends.  We’ve got it from here.”

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