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Point Fire, 1995
Island Fork Fire, 1999

Point Fire Case Study

Point Fire Accident Investigation

A. Point Fire Overview

B. Investigation

C. Recommendations

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

F. Glossary


Island Fork Fire Accident Investigation


Island Fork Fire, NIOSH Report

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
Findings of Fact
 • Legal Standards
 • Analysis

Ruling on Public Safety Officer Benefits (PSOB)


Surviving Fire Entrapments


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



Sequence of Events: July 28, 1995

1829 BLM lookout reports fire from Danskin lookout.

BLM dispatcher dispatches Wild West Crew to the Point Fire.

1833 Unit C, with crew boss [———] [———] requested to go to Point Fire.
1857 Helicopter off from Boise enroute to Point Fire.
1900 Wild West crew arrives on fire. Crew boss [———] [———] becomes Incident Commander (IC).
1905 Kuna Rural Fire Department Chief (650) asks BLM IC if assistance is needed. IC [———] requests a brush truck and water tender.
1907 Kuna RFD Chief dispatches engines 620, 622, and 625 to the fire via Ada County Dispatch.
1911 Kuna RFD engines depart Kuna fire stations for the fire.
1915 Kuna Rural Fire Chief instructs engines 620 and 625 to stay together on the fire.
1927 BLM crew leader [———] and Unit C arrive on fire.
1930 Kuna RFD engines 620, 622, and 625 arrive on fire with 6803 in engine 620.
1937 BLM helicopter is released from fire.
2010 IC [———] estimates spread of fire has been stopped at 120 acres.
2022 BLM broadcasts red flag warning via BLM radio frequency.
2046 Approximate time fire blow-up begins.
2049 Kuna RFD Engine 620 reports via radio to Kuna Command, “We're on the north line, [———], we got fire coming hard, this thing has died.”
2050 Kuna RFD Engine 620 reports, “It's not going to let us out of here.”
2051 Kuna RFD Chief asks Engine 620 what kind of problem they have. Engine 620 responds, “We're surrounded by fire.” Chief asks for repeat. Engine 620 responds, “The truck's been overtaken by fire!”
2052 Kuna unit 650 (Fire Chief) departs for fire. Kuna Unit 641 dispatched to fire.
2055 Kuna ambulance dispatched to fire.
2104 Law enforcement unit dispatched to fire for traffic control.
2115 BLM crew leader [———] reports to BLM dispatch that Kuna fire engine is on fire and personnel not accounted for.
2121 Kuna RFD Engine 620 is reached and bodies discovered inside cab.
2130 Law enforcement authorities are notified of deaths.



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