Location and Information,
Lat/Long, Website or Photo Link
| Prescott AZ
||Memorial outside the dispatch office for Henry Kim, a lead plane pilot, who was killed on the Ziplock fire on the Cibola NF outside of Grants, NM 6/21/91. The memorial is in Prescott because the building was named after him.
Online memorial for
AirTanker crews across the US
| Tonto NF, North of Payson AZ
||In Walk Moore Canyon near Bonita Creek Estates is the memorial
to six firefighters of the Perryville inmate crew who died on the Dude Fire 6-26-90. -Quill
Fire Staff Ride (pdf), a report by Marty Alexander
| Chester CA,
Lassen NF, Almanor RD
Memorial to Heather, John & Steve
who died 7/28/02 on the Stanza Fire in northern CA.
Fire Memorial -Mellie
| Banning CA
||Roadside marker for the MACK II Fire of September 19, 1971, in
which Robert Maxwell Miller died. The marker is on Hwy 243 above Banning,
CA. N 33 degrees 54.033' by W 116 degrees 51.867' -Another TC
- FOBS73 adds: Other firefighters on the engine with Miller where Bruce
Mitchell, Larry Smith and Ron Court. Ron Court was the individual closet to
Miller as they came back up the hillside.
| El Cariso CA
||Memorial Park for the 12 fatalities of the Loop Fire, November 1, 1966. N 34 deg 18.942' by W 118 deg 24.942'-Another TC
Fire Staff Ride Website
|Cleveland NF, Palomar RD
Inaja Memorial Trail, Palomar RD, Cleveland NF.
|Eldorado NF Pacific District, CA
61 Memorial in honor of Chuck Sheridan and Leonard Martin who died in the
Cleveland Fire 1992. -Bob K.
Inyo NF, Mono Lake RD, CA
||Located in June Lake at Oh!Ridge Campground, this
is dedicated to to Richard Cumor, Dale De Loach and Thomas Klepperich who lost
their lives on the Romero Fire, LPNF, 1971. -Rino
| Lancaster CA, Angeles NF
||Elizabeth Lake Fire Memorial for Gilbert Lopez, Green Valley
Engine Foreman who was trapped by fast moving brush fire near Elizabeth Lake
trying to save his engine crew on the Elizabeth Fire, 1981. Memorial is located
in a Penny Pines Plantation. Green Valley Fire Station, Green Valley area, near
Santa Clarita / Lancaster CA Angeles National Forest
| Lake Co CA, off Rt 20, Mendocino NF
||Memorial for Denis Lee Cullins who died on September 29, 1987 on the Lauder
Fire. Denis was a Helitack crew member on Copter 102 from Kneeland Helitack in Humboldt
Co. Directions: From Ukiah go N on Hwy101 about 5 mi N of town, then exit right onto
Hwy 20. Stay on Hwy 20 till you come to the Potter Valley exit. Exit left onto Potter Valley
Rd where it meets Eel River Rd. Cross over the Eel River Bridge, turn right and travel about 2
mi to the Trout Creek Campground - monument is located at the entrance. Across from the campground is a 2
mi trail that takes you to the burn site and another memorial. -Bob Zwicky
| near Lake Elsinore CA,
--California Wildland Firefighter Memorial (CFWM)
is a tribute to firefighters that have paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting
wildland fires in the State of California: Located along its dedicated highway,
the Ortega Highway between Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano. A Forest Service
picnic area is adjacent to the Memorial, where Highway 74 and the South Main
Divide Road intersect. CFWM Website
--Decker Fire Memorial is located in Riverside Co. at 32353 Ortega Hwy, Lake Elsinore (El Cariso
Village), CA 92530 . The Decker Fire (August 8, 1959) killed 6 members and
burned dozens of others. Dead are Nelson Harlan, Steven Johnson, Boyd Edwards
and Andrew Brooks of the El Cariso HS and El Cariso Engine;
Ben Slater, District Ranger; and
John Guthrie, CDF firefighter. Link to news article on fire and memorial:
| Mendocino Co near Hopland and Ukiah CA
Groff & Stratte Memorial to Larry Groff and Lars Stratte who were lost on the Bus Fire on Aug 27, 2001.
plaque. Directions: From Hopland go N on Hwy 101 about 5 mi until you come to McNab Ranch
RD. From Ukiah go S on Hwy 101 about 4 mi. Turn W on McNab Ranch Rd. At the T, turn left on Bus McGall
Rd. Follow the road about 2 mi until you see the memorial on your right. From Hwy 101 to the memorial is 4.3 miles.
|Mendocino NF, Grindstone RD, CA
Rattlesnake Fire Memorial
is located 33.5 mi west of Willows on Hwy 162,
then north after you cross Stony Creek then west on Forest Hwy 7 / county Road
307 toward Alder Springs. Memorial is at the Grindstone overlook on FH7.
actual fatality site is 2 mi back down old FH 7 from the overlook.
N39,40,440 by W122,40.196. The Forest Service is in the planning stage of
developing a new monument and trail, at the fatality site. -TC
Rattlesnake Fire Staff Ride Website
| Monterey County CA, near King City
honors Joe Calandra age 23, who was killed August 16, 1939 on the Bixby Mountain Fire, (on the Middle Fork of the Little Sur River in the Big Sur area.) Calandra, a CDF Assistant State Forest Ranger (current title would be Battalion Chief) was trapped with a companion, John H. Murray age 18, who survived the fire. Murray went on to a career with USFS.
Also memorialized at the site are Paul Nesgis and Edward Gates, killed July 28, 1945. Nesgis was a CDF Assistant State Forest Ranger, and Gates was a USFS dozer operator. They were fighting a fire in a canyon below Williams Hill when they were trapped in a box canyon and over-run.
The lat/long for this site is Lat 35.57.100 N and Long 121.00.047 W
The lookout is on BLM property, accessed from the Lockwood/San Ardo Road, between US 101 and Bradley/Lockwood Road.
-George Haines, Division Chief, BEU, CDF
| Mt Shasta CA
||The Everett Memorial Highway that climbs high up on Mt. Shasta is named for Shasta Forest Supervisor Everett who lost his life on a fire on the south side of the mountain in the 1930s.
||On the east side of the state capitol building is the
Firefighter Memorial Suggested by -LAVE and -GISgirl says ...it's impressive and sobering.
| Santa Ysabel CA
||Memorial Park for the 11 fatalities - 2 FS firefighters and 9
from Viejas Honor Camp - on the Inaja Fire, November 25, 1956, Cleveland NF. The
10 Standard Fire Orders were formed in 1957 as a consequence of this fire. Hwy 78 east of Santa Ysabel.
N 33 deg 5.917' by
W 116 deg 51.862'
|Trinity Alps Wilderness CA
||Iron 44 Monument; 9 firefighters lost their lives and 3 were
injured when a helicopter transporting them crashed on August 5, 2008. The
crash is the deadliest air tragedy of working firefighters in US history, the 9
men included 7contract firefighters with Grayback Forestry of Merlin OR, the
Carson Helicopter pilot and a beloved FS FAM trainer.
the Wilderness &
|Tuolumne Calaveras Unit -Arnold Cal Fire Station
|| Memorial Site for
Eva Schicke who lost her life on the Tuolumne Fire on September 12,2004. The
memorial is located at the Arnold Cal Fire Station where she worked 4 seasons
before going to helitack.
|Breckenridge CA, Sequoia NF
|| There is a memorial plaque on Breckenridge, Sequoia NF, for lead plane pilot Chuck Watkins, who lost his life on the Havilah Fire in 1988.
|Rim of the World Hwy 120,
near Yosemite CA
Memorial rock / plaque at the Rim of The World overlook off
Highway 120 near Yosemite that is dedicated to Eva Schicke (First CDF female FF
to die in the line of duty). The stretch of highway was also dedicated to her
through the Legislature.
||Adjacent to HWY 395 near the crash site is the
memorial site for the crew of Tanker 130, killed on the Cannon Fire near Walker California, June 17th,
2002. - LLB
|Big Elk Meadows CO
dedicated July 19,2003, to the pilots who died on the Big Elk Meadows fire.
It is on private property in the gated community of Big Elk Meadows, a community
that was evacuated for several days. The efforts of the pilots were critical in
achieving no structures. The community is secured so visitation is restricted. If someone wants to visit the memorial, they can
contact Michael Tipton, an officer of Big Elk Meadows Fire Dept. and he can arrange access. His email is
NF website for them. -Tahoe Terrie
| Durango CO
||There is a
lifesize wooden carving in a burned out tree dedicated on June 28,
2003 for my father, Alan Wyatt, who was killed on the Missionary Ridge Fire on July
2, 2002. It was done by a local chainsaw artist and is one of 14 carvings in the "Tour of Carvings" at Vallecito Lake. It is a
fine example of a memorial site for a fallen firefighter. -Leigh Ann
| Glenwood Springs CO
||Storm King Mountain memorial for the 14 fallen Firefighters from Storm
| Storm King Mountain CO
Mountain near Glenwood Springs. -Mellie
| Grand Junction CO
Battlement Creek Fire Memorial at the Grand Junction Air Center is for the 5 personnel
that were killed in July 1976 on the Battlement Creek fire.
2 pic Two air tanker pilots were killed when their aircraft went down, and
the 3 firefighters were killed when they were over-run by the fire the next day.
The flag is at half mast in honor of the Idaho fatalities. -Tim
| Lyons CO
|| Located on the Lion's Gulch Trail, three trees are planted near the crash site in memory of the
pilots - Knight, Schwartz and Stollak - who died in the Big Elk Meadows
Fire in 2002. The trailhead is located on Hwy 36 about 10 miles west
of Lyons Colorado on the way to Estes Park. The trees and the crash site are on public property and can be
Battlement Mesa Fire Memorial to 4 firefighters who lost
their lives on this lightening fire that started on July 15, 1976: air tanker pilot, Donald Goodman and three members of the
Mormon Lake Hotshot Crew - Anthony Czak, Stephen Furey, and Scott
Nelson. Situated at a rest stop along Highway 70 that overlooks the area,
the memorial consists of an interpretive display/map, plaque, burned
pieces of cedar trees, a piece of the air tanker, and fire tools. -CW
| Memorial at NIFC in Boise ID
all wildland firefighters. When it was decided in 1995 to establish a site
that honored wildland firefighters at NIFC - there was some pretty clear
direction given that it was to be a Monument, not a "memorial". The
primary reason was that there were many fire memorials already out there, yet
there wasn't an area that was formally dedicated to living wildland
firefighters, including support personnel. so a Directors' level decision was
made to call the NIFC site the "Wildland Firefighters Monument."
And its credo was: "Honoring wildland firefighters and the people who
support them: past, present and future" and to this day it remains
|North Fork ID
Memorial to Jeff Allen and Shane Heath, Indianola Helitack who died on the
Cramer Fire 2003.
Memorial to fallen smokejumpers and other firefighters at the McCall Jumper
|Salmon/North Fork ID
|| Adopt a Highway Signs:
In Memory of Jeff
Allen and Shane Heath, Indianola Helitack who died on the Cramer Fire 2003.
There are two signs, one facing South and one North, just off of HWY 93 North
outside of Salmon/North Fork ID. The owner of the Broken Arrow had them put up
as well as ribbons and flowered crosses on the highway markers lining the
|St. Maries ID
|| Firefighters' Circle at Woodlawn Cemetery. 57 men who perished fighting the 1910 fire are buried
there, in addition to other FS firefighters who died
on R-1 fires in later years. The memorial is on the
National Register of Historic Places, and some sources
say it is the only Federally-owned cemetery plot that
has nothing to do with the military.
www.missoulian.com N 47 19.0 by
W 116 35.1
| Sundance Mountain ID
|| Luther Rodarte and Lee Collins died in 1967 in the Sundance
Fire, Kaniksu National Forest, east of Coolin, ID (Kaniksu NF is now one of the
Idaho Panhandle National Forests) Signs at the
origin and to the
| Wallace ID
Monument, on the road to Moon Pass and Avery. -TC2
mountain bike trail on the old Milwaukee Road grade for the 78
firefighters that died in the 1910 fires in Northern Idaho. -Dick Mangan
| Emmitsburg MD
Firefighter's Memorial for all fallen firefighters.
| Hinkley MN
||Fire museum and memorial to
the many victims of the great Hinkley Fire of 1894. Very interesting place to
| Jackson Mississippi
||On the South lawn of the Mississippi State Capital is a memorial for John Paul (JP) Pritchett who died on the County Line Fire in Mississippi,
N32 18.204 by
W90 10.947 -Buck Buchanan of the Mississippi Forestry Commission
||In the Lost Trail Ski Area,
Dave Rendek Memorial,
the Sula Firefighter who died from a falling snag on the Labor Fire, Sept. 3, 2001.
|Mann Gulch MT
||Crosses to honor those who fell in 1949. -Quill
An update from -Dick Mangan: They're no longer crosses: one of the SJs who died was Jewish! Missoula SJs jumped in in
1999 (?) and put up granite obelisks. A "must see" fatality site for anyone in the wildland fire business who has the chance (but not in July/August, with 100F temps, and lots of rattlers!)
some photos and info
| Haugan MT
||Savanac Historic Nursery has a memorial arboretum dedicated to
firefighters lost in the 1910 fires which burned much of the surrounding area.
The nursery is about 75 mi west of Missoula on I-90 near the town of Haugan and is a pleasant two hour or so diversion to do the whole tour. There may be some other things there, but the visitor center was closed for the season.
| Missoula MT
Dedicated as National Wildland Firefighters Memorial, May 8, 1991;
for more information's about this memorial contact Wayne Williams at
Smokejumper base in Missoula. He was driving force behind this memorial.
Monument, located in the middle of roadside rest
stop just ½ mi South of Orovada on Highway 95, looking out on the rocky slope of
the Santa Rosa Range. (The site is about 34 mi N of Winnemucca on Hwy 95). It was established by the CCC and the FS in honor of the crewmembers of Company 1212 that were entrapped on the 1939 Rock Creek Fire.
The memorial reads: Frank W. Barker, George J. Kennedy, Walter James, Earnest R.
Tippin, Frank J. Vitale, Members of the Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1212
Paradise Camp F-5, Who gave their lives for the conservation of Nevada's natural
resources while fighting fire about three miles east of this point on July 29,
The Rock Creek
Creek Fire Staff Ride Website says, "Lessons learned from the Rock Creek Fire played a role in the development of the first formal tactical training for fire fighting crews; created an early recognition regarding the importance of physical fitness; and was the first time a fire qualification and experience system was recommended."
||At the Heritage Park off of HWY 395 is the
site for the crew of Tanker 130, killed on the Cannon Fire near Walker California, June 17th, 2002.
|Bass River State Park
Bass River Memorial
honors wildland firefighters who died on different incidents. It was originally dedicated
in 1976 to commemorate the 40th anniversary loss of 5 firefighters (two State Fire Wardens and three Civilian Conservation Corps fire
fighters) who were burned over in 1936 while fighting a forest fire near the Town of Warren Grove.
On July 22, 1977, four volunteer firefighters from the Eagleswood Fire Company were killed when their engine was burned over on a fire several miles from this
memorial, and in 1982 a plaque was added for them. Another memorial stone was
placed in front of the Forest Office.
Fire Fighter Memorial at Bass River State Forest; Memorial location: N39, 40’, 06.3” by W74, 26’, 27.4”. Greenbush Rd. near the intersection of Stage Rd.;
1977 fatality location: N39,37’, 16.8” by W74, 26’, 21.7”. East of Allen Rd. near the intersection of Oswego Rd.
|Gila NF (no memorial yet)
||Let's not forget a pilot and three helitack killed in a crash on the Gila NF in
1994, a week before the Storm King tragedy. -RS
From another contributor: This occurred on the Guide fire on July 12, 1994 on
the Mimbres Ranger District, Gila NF; Victims: Helitack Crew Member Samuel
Smith, AD firefighter Anthony Guiterrez and pilot of Bell 206L-3 Bob Boomer; For
brief description of the aircraft accident report go the National Transportation
Safety Board web site. Two survivors: John Lopez and Charles Sanchez, both AD
firefighters. One of them sustained serious injury, one minor injury (not sure
| La Grande Fire
Station, La Grande OR
||For the 5 people that Grayback lost in the Rollover accident in
||Eight firefighters employed by First Strike Environmental died
in a traffic accident in August, 03. This
Oregon roadside memorial was erected in their memory. The memorial is
located at a rest stop east of Burns and west of Vale, in OR on highway 20.
||A monument for the fallen firefighters of the Storm King Mountain Fire
and for all wildland firefighters. It is in a
small park downtown and has memorial rocks with photos and a short summary about each person and what they loved and were all about. You walk through whispering aspens and there is a small stream gurgling by several benches . It is a peaceful place. People often leave things at each FF rock and I'm sure even the toughest FF will get a tear in their eye. There
is also a life size
bronze statue wildland
firefighters performing several tasks.
monument statue -Red Army Wife. Thanks to -Pulaski for the old photos.
|| The Pepper Hill Fire was a small fire. Occurring in 1938 near Emporium, a sleepy, small town nestled in the steep hills of north-central Pennsylvania, the flames consumed less that 200 acres.
This fire claimed the lives of
7 CCC enrollees and their fireboss. A memorial marker and beautiful spring stand just south of Emporium PA on State Route 155.
| Ashley NF
near Dutch John UT
|"Firefighter's Memorial Campground" on
U.S. Hwy 191 approximately 3 miles east of the junction of Hwy 191 and Utah
Hwy 44. There were three
fatalities on the Cart Creek fire, Ashley National Forest on 7/16/77. Lost
were Dave Noel, Dwight Hodgkinson, and Gene Campbell
|| At Fish Lake Campground located in Sinlahekin Wildlife Area. Ron Neely Memorial
dedicated July 26, 2003.
of Ron who died in the Fish Lake-Gibson Creek Fire in Okanogan County on July 27, 1977.
Memorial (2 photos) located at Naches Ranger Station. Plaque reads: Memory of Naches Ranger District Fallen Firefighters who died at Thirty Mile fire Okanogan National Forest, July 10,2001. Dedicated to those who fight Wildland Fire.
|Wentachee NF WA
ThirtyMile Memorial to Tom,
and Devin -Mellie
"Donald L. Eisberner Memorial Forest and Canoe
Landing" On Eau
Claire County Forest land. On
April 24 1982 Don was burned over and killed on the 274 acre Canoe Landing
fire. 44*44.471' / 90*58.838'
Also right in Augusta at the Augusta-Bridge Creek fire
hall is a monument to Bob Waskiewicz a volunteer firefighter who was overrun and died on a
small grass fire on 4/3/95.
||Memorial monument to the victims of the Pestigo
fire of 1871. -Pulaski
| Blackwater WY
||Dedicated to the 12 firefighters - 2 foremen and 10 enrollees
from the 1811 CCC Camp - who died and 32 who were burned in the 1937 Blackwater
Fire on the Shoshone National Forest (8/21/37).