Point Fire, 1995
Island Fork Fire, 1999
Point Fire Case Study
Point Fire Accident Investigation
A. Point Fire Overview
D. Supporting Data
- Sequence of Events
- Organization Charts
- Site Investigation
- Fire Behavior Report
- Property Damage Report
- Witness Statements
- Outline of Kuna Wildland Training Provided by BLM
E. Records and Reports
- Preplanned Dispatch
- BLM Radio Transmission Log
- Ada County Dispatch Log
- Fire Incident Status Summary
- Escaped Fire Situation Analysis
- Wildland Fire Entrapment Report
- Technical Analysis of Personal Protective Equipment
- Vehicle Inspection
- Weather Reports
Island Fork Fire Accident Investigation
Point Fire — U.S. District Court Civil Case
Ruling on I.C.'s Decisions - Nov. 10, 1998
• Factual Background
• Legal Analysis
Ruling on BLM Liability - Feb. 19, 1999
• Legal Standards
Ruling on Public Safety Officer Benefits
Colorado Firecamp extends special thanks to Linda Perkins, BLM
Idaho State FOIA Coordinator, for her friendly assistance in gathering
the Point Fire documents. BLM FOIA Letter
More than any other factor, the accident hinged on Kuna RFD Engine 620
leaving the safety of the burned area. By leaving the burned area and
traveling into unburned fuels as a serious storm front approached, the
crew of Kuna RFD Engine 620 placed themselves in an extremely dangerous
Other omissions of safe firefighting procedures also occurred on the
Point Fire. An analysis of the 10 Standard Fire Orders and 18 Situations
That Shout "Watch Out!" was completed. The results of this analysis
appear later in this report.
Direct Causal Factors
Mechanical failure of Kuna RFD Engine 620.
Kuna RFD Engine 620 crew members did not communicate their intent
to leave the burned area, which was their safety zone.
Kuna RFD Engine 620 did not follow instructions of Kuna Command.
Extreme weather phenomenon combined with the very heavy flashy fuels
located where the vehicle stalled.
Indirect Causal Factors
Leadership deficiencies indirectly contributed to this incident.
The BLM and Kuna ICs never met on the fire.
Kuna Command remained on Swan Falls Road without the capability to
communicate with Boise BLM, and allowed less experienced personnel to
staff one engine.
There is no formal mutual aid agreement between Kuna RFD and BLM,
or operational plan similar to that which exists for wildfires in the
There is no local or state entity in Idaho that has an oversight role
and the responsibility to set training and qualification standards for
rural firefighters and equipment involved in wildland and urban interface