Wildland Firefighter Memorial dedicated

Wildomar resident Lynn Phillips, who has a son who is a firefighter, looks at the plaques on the wall of the new California Wildland Firefighter Memorial after the dedication ceremony Saturday. Photo: Don Boomer, North County Times


The North County Times has an excellent article about the dedication of the California Wildland Firefighter Memorial near El Cariso fire station on the Ortega Highway west of Elsinore, California. The memorial is a tribute to the firefighters that have died on wildland fires in California.

Here is a brief excerpt from the article:

The ground at this wooded spot just off the Ortega Highway had been broken for a long time. On Saturday, a promise made at the same location finally was fulfilled.

About 150 officials, active and retired firefighters, surviving family members and friends gathered for the long-awaited dedication ceremony of the California Wildland Firefighter Memorial located near the Penny Pines campground in the Cleveland National Forest.

The memorial honors the more than 300 California firefighters who have died over the years fighting wildland fires.

UPDATE at 7:11 p.m. MT, Aug. 16

A person that left a comment below, BigWhiteDog, provided more information about the memorial, and the fact that it is not yet finished. Contributions are needed. The California Wildland Firefighters Memorial site has more information. Send them a check.

The commenter mentioned “buying one of those bricks”. I went to the web site and could find a donation page, but nothing about purchasing a brick. I then called Carlo Guthrie, the president of the organization, and asked her about it. She said yes, there is a buy-a-brick program, and for a $100 donation you can have your name or organization imprinted on it. The bricks have three lines of text, each with up to 19 characters.

She emailed me the brick form, and it is HERE. The form appears sideways when you open it, but it should print OK.

The Press-Enterprise also has an article about the memorial, with several photos.

(end of update)


Thanks Dick

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