Crash of air attack aircraft in Arizona kills two aerial firefighters

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14 miles northeast of Wikieup

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Two aerial firefighters were killed July 10 in the crash of an air attack aircraft associated with a wildfire in Arizona. It occurred on the Cedar Basin Fire which is 14 miles northeast of Wikieup, Arizona and 43 miles southeast of Kingman, Arizona.

Below is the statement released Saturday night July 10.

“The Bureau of Land Management is currently working with other local, state, and federal agencies to respond to a fatal aircraft accident associated with the Cedar Basin Fire near Wikieup, Arizona. The accident occurred around noon today (July 10) and involved an air attack aircraft performing aerial reconnaissance and command and control over the fire. Two crew members were on board and we are sad to report there were no survivors. We will provide additional information pending next of kin notification. Our hearts go out to the families of our brave wildland firefighters.”

The Cedar Basin Fire, a result of thunderstorms, was reported to dispatch July 9 after 6 p.m. That night it was not possible to get a good visual due to darkness. On July 10 a helicopter performed a reconnaissance and discovered an active fire. Later that night the fire had burned about 300 acres.

We send our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and co-workers of the two firefighters.

Map Cedar Basin Fire
Map showing the location of the Cedar Basin Fire at 2:54 p.m. MDT July 10, 2021.

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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.

3 thoughts on “Crash of air attack aircraft in Arizona kills two aerial firefighters”

  1. I am very sad by this news.
    I don’t know one of the names yet but the one I do…we connected because of the Dude Fire. Sending my condolences. ? ?

    Traffic was bad in my town of Congress. Highway 93 was rerouted to 89.

    I will be looking into this and not in some learning review. I want to know what happened. I will need a moment to grieve first. It’s heartbreaking…I am shook up.


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