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MONUMENT  &  MEMORIAL  SITES

There are many memorials and at least one Monument to fallen wildland firefighters on forests and in parks around the west and across the US. While many have been described and discussed on theysaid, none have been placed into a list. Now we're doing that. There is a Memorials Photo page that shows most photos with links here. Also, please explore the Wildland Firefighter Foundation website for ways you can support our fallen firefighter families. Ab. (7/21/03)

Location and Information, Lat/Long, Website or Photo Link

Arizona

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. -RS
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
Dude Fire Staff Ride (pdf), a report by Marty Alexander

California

Chester CA,
Lassen NF, Almanor RD
Memorial to Heather, John & Steve who died 7/28/02 on the Stanza Fire in northern CA. Stanza 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
Loop Fire Staff Ride Website
Cleveland NF, Palomar RD Inaja Memorial Trail, Palomar RD, Cleveland NF.
Eldorado NF Pacific District, CA Tanker 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 memorial 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,
Cleveland NF
Several Memorials:
--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: www.nctimes.com
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. Closeup 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. -Loren
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. Closeup 1, 2, 3. The actual fatality site is 2 mi back down old FH 7 from the overlook. 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 This small plaque 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. -Firemark
Sacramento CA On the east side of the state capitol building is the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Suggested by -LAVE and -GISgirl says ...it's impressive and sobering. Memorial photo.
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' -Another TC
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. Flags in the Wilderness & Single Flag
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.
Walker CA Adjacent to HWY 395 near the crash site is the monument/ memorial site for the crew of Tanker 130, killed on the Cannon Fire near Walker California, June 17th, 2002. - LLB

Colorado

Big Elk Meadows CO Knight/Schwartz/Stollak Memorial 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 mtipton@firecache.com. -Jim
Here's an Arapaho-Roosevelt 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 King. -Mellie
Storm King Mountain CO Storm King Mountain near Glenwood Springs. -Mellie
Grand Junction CO The 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. memorial 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 visited. -Jim
Parachute CO 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

Idaho

Memorial at NIFC in Boise ID Monument for 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 so.
North Fork ID Cramer Fire Memorial to Jeff Allen and Shane Heath, Indianola Helitack who died on the Cramer Fire 2003. plaque1; plaque 2
ID Memorial to fallen smokejumpers and other firefighters at the McCall Jumper Base.
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 highway. -Jill
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 -Neptune
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 memorial
Wallace ID The 1910 Fire Monument, on the road to Moon Pass and Avery. -TC2

"Hiawatha" rails-to-trails mountain bike trail on the old Milwaukee Road grade for the 78 firefighters that died in the 1910 fires in Northern Idaho. -Dick Mangan

Maryland

Emmitsburg MD Fallen Firefighter's Memorial for all fallen firefighters. Website -Hickman

Minnesota

Hinkley MN Fire museum and memorial to the many victims of the great Hinkley Fire of 1894. Very interesting place to visit! -Pulaski

Mississippi

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, 2001. N32 18.204 by W90 10.947 -Buck Buchanan of the Mississippi Forestry Commission

Montana

Conner MT 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. -Ben Croft
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!)
Mann Gulch, 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. -Joe
Missoula MT Smokejumpers Memorial
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.
wwilliams@fs.fed.us.

Nevada

Orovada NV The Rock Creek Monument, located in the middle of roadside rest stop just 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. Five died.
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, 1939. -Winslet

The Rock Creek Rock 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."

Minden NV At the Heritage Park off of HWY 395 is the T-130 Memorial site for the crew of Tanker 130, killed on the Cannon Fire near Walker California, June 17th, 2002. -LLB

New Jersey

Bass River State Park The 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. -Bill Edwards

New Mexico

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 who/which).

Oregon

La Grande Fire Station, La Grande OR For the 5 people that Grayback lost in the Rollover accident in 2002. -Firemom
Vale OR 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.
Prineville OR 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. close-up of monument statue -Red Army Wife. Thanks to -Pulaski for the old photos.

Pennsylvania

Emporium PA 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. -Foxfire

Utah

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

Washington

Loomis WA At Fish Lake Campground located in Sinlahekin Wildlife Area. Ron Neely Memorial dedicated July 26, 2003. Photo of Ron who died in the Fish Lake-Gibson Creek Fire in Okanogan County on July 27, 1977. -DD
Naches WA Thirtymile 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. -Hickman
Wentachee NF WA
ThirtyMile Memorial to Tom, Jessica, Karen and Devin -Mellie

Wisconsin

Augusta WI 

"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' Memorial photos.

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 photos.

Peshtigo WI Memorial monument to the victims of the Pestigo fire of 1871. -Pulaski

Wyoming

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). 4 Photos
   

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