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Cramer Fire

Lessons Learned

“Safety Zone” newsletter, July, 2004

Lessons Learned
author, date unknown

One-Year Anniversary Letter by Kelly Close, FBAN

Declaration on Cramer Redactions, by James Furnish, April, 2005

FSEEE v. USFS, FOIA Civil Lawsuit Order,
December, 2005

FOIA Request to USFS, December, 2005

FOIA Appeal to USFS,
February, 2006

Management Evaluation Report

Investigation Team Information

Synopsis of the Cramer Fire Accident Investigation

Causal Factors

Contributing Factors


Factual Report

Executive Summary

   (facts 1 - 57)
   (facts 58 - 201)
   (fact 202)
   (facts 203 - 237)


Appendix A
Resources on the Fire

Appendix B
Cramer Fire Timeline

Appendix C
Fire Behavior and Weather
   Prior Conditions
   Initial Phase
   Transition Phase
   Acceleration Phase
   Entrapment Phase

Appendix D
Equipment Found at H-2 and the Fatalities Site

Appendix E
Fire Policy, Directives, and Guides

Gallery of Cramer Fire Report Images

Accident Prevention Plan

OIG Investigation

OIG FOIA Response, February, 2005

2nd FOIA Request to OIG, April, 2006

2nd OIG FOIA Response, August, 2006, (1.4 mb, Adobe .pdf file)

OSHA Investigation

OSHA Cramer Fire Briefing Paper
 • Summary and ToC
 • Sections I-IV
 • Sections V-VII
 • Section VIII
 • Acronyms/Glossary

OSHA South Canyon Fire Briefing Paper

Letter to District Ranger, June 19, 2003

OSHA Investigation Guidelines

OSHA News Release

 • OSHA Citation 1
 • OSHA Citation 2
 • OSHA Citation 3

USFS Response


HFACS—"Swiss cheese" model of Accident Causation

Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word versions of documents related to the Cramer Fire can be downloaded from the U.S. Forest Service website.


Management Evaluation Report

Cramer Fire Fatalities
North Fork Ranger District
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Region 4
Salmon, Idaho - July 22, 2003

Investigation Team Leader

Linda Donoghue, Station Director, North Central Research Station, St. Paul, MN

Investigation Chief Investigator

George Jackson, Program Leader, Missoula Technology & Development Center, Missoula, MT

Investigation Team Members

Ron Angel, Forestry Tech (Fire)/Union President Local 1402, NFFE, Sandpoint, ID
Grant Beebe, Base Manager, BLM, National Interagency Fire Center, Boise, ID
Kevin Bishop, Special Agent, USDA Forest Service, Region 8, Columbia, SC
Kelly Close, Firefighter, Poudre Fire Authority, Fort Collins, CO
Randy Moore, Regional Forester, Region 9, Milwaukee, WI
Erin Newman, Executive Assistant, USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC
Marcus Schmidt, Smoke Management Specialist, Colorado State Office, BLM, Lakewood, CO
Chuck Whitlock, Safety/Health Specialist, Missoula Technology & Development Center, Missoula, MT

Investigation Technical Consultants

Leslie Anderson, Equipment Specialist, Missoula Technology & Development Center, Missoula, MT
Cheryl Chatham, Public Affairs Team Leader, USDA Forest Service, Region 8, Hot Springs, AR
Jim Kautz, Audio/Visual Production Specialist, Missoula Technology & Development Center, Missoula, MT
Tony Petrilli, Equipment Specialist, Missoula Technology & Development Center, Missoula, MT
Jim Prange, National Weather Service, Seattle, WA

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