Major damage to an engine on a prescribed fire in California

An engine that was working on a prescribed fire near Covelo, California was burned over and appears to be destroyed.

Below is the summary from a “Green Sheet” report released by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

On October 22, 2018, a CAL FIRE fire engine staffed with one Fire Apparatus Engineer and two firefighters were participating in a Vegetation Management Program (VMP) hazardous fuel reduction burn near Covelo, CA. While the crew was away from the engine assisting with containment of several spot fires, the parked, unattended engine was impacted by spot fires burning outside of containment lines, and sustained major damage. No personnel were injured during the incident.

Engine burnover
Engine burnover on prescribed fire near Covelo, California October 22, 2018.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

9 thoughts on “Major damage to an engine on a prescribed fire in California”

  1. MAJOR DAMAGE ? HOW ABOUT A TOTAL LOSS DUE TO INATTENTION ? What is the replacement cost ;maybe 1/4 Million .Someone should be fired, or demoted!

    1. I like it Chuck! Go for blood without reading an actual report?! Good for you buddy 👍
      Boy would I like to be a fly on that wall during the AAR….

    2. Yeh … That’s right Chuckie.
      Without having any facts to support your demand for punitive action, you fit in nicely with the “off with their heads”
      method of leadership.

  2. What a sad state of affairs fire fighting has become. I’m not an expert but I do think management needs to regroup about methodology if their intention to serve the public is the priority. Hard to stay safe out there under these conditions.

  3. I lost my home in Larkfield Santa Rosa last October and would love for the local fire department to work with the locals who want to volunteer to save there community next time fire comes at us. Can that happen or is government to prude to share there knowledge of firefighting?

  4. THIS FIRE ENGINE THAT WAS DESTROYED WAS NOT IN THE BRUSHY FIRE OFF 162 NEAR MILE MARKER 8 AND WAS ACTUALLY MUCH EARLIER PRESCRIBED BURN

    Green Sheet Report released by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    On October 22, 2018

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