7 years ago today, October 26, 2006, A U.S. Forest Service firefighting crew based in Idyllwild was overrun by flames while trying to save a house.
An arsonist... set that fire just before dawn and just after 0700, Santa Ana winds stoked the fire up to 40 miles per hour, "which caused temperatures to exceed 1220 degrees Fahrenheit ahead of the fire front," according to Cal Fire.
Answering their Last Alarm on the Esperanza Fire were:
Capt. Mark Loutzenhiser,
Firefighter Pablo Cerda
Firefighter Daniel Hoover-Najera
Firefighter Jason Robert McKay
Firefighter Jess Edward McLean
Lest we forget E-57.
Photo: LA Times
Santa Fe National Forest requests your assistance in locating this person.
Search Subject: Token Adams
Height: 5’ 11"
Eyes: Wearing black sunglasses
Last seen wearing long sleeve yellow nomex shirt, green nomex pants, and lace up brown leather wildland fire boots. Last seen in the area of Holiday Mesa off Forest Service road 608 on Friday, 8/30/13. Mr. Adams was seen riding a red Polaris 400 ATV while investigating a possible fire start when he disappeared.
If you were in the area of Holiday Mesa and Stable Mesa on or after August 30th and may have seen this individual, please contact the Forest Service at 505-438-5600.
A brush fire burning near Lake Elsinore scorched hundreds of acres and forced several evacuations in the Cleveland National Forest Monday.
With costs estimated at around $600,000 for recent efforts related to the Mountain Fire near Idyllwild, Riverside County officials are requesting state and federal assistance.
Starting Thursday, firefighters and state park officials will reopen parkland in the San Jacinto Mountains that was closed because of the Mountain Fire.
In marking one month since we lost our Brave 19, I have struggled with what to post today that would adequately speak for the moment and do just honor. I hope t...he following image will suffice and in concert with this fine poem:
"Pick up your shovels boys there's smoke in the air, Lightening has struck and they need us there.
Into the trucks and gear, fire knows not the cost,
If it's not stopped, innocent lives will be lost.
The fire is running and there's no time to spare... Dig that line and drag that hose, bring all the forces to bear.
But, the wind's coming up and something is wrong, RUN boys, RUN, that fire is too strong!
Pull of your packs and into your shelters,
Pray for our children and for their mothers.
The fire has passed and so have we.
Into the wind like the smoke through the trees.
After they stop that fire they call Yarnell Hill,
Our brothers will honor us and drink toasts to their fill.
We're joining our brothers in a legendary crew.
If other join us tomorrow please let them be few..."
Poem by M. Greenhalgh, Walker Fire Dept.
The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57
Firefighters are battling a 20-acre brush fire near Barrett Lake, according to Cal Fire. The incident was reported just before 10 a.m. Sunday near SR-94 at Barrett Lake Road, according to the California Highway Patrol's CAD page. Cal Fire says no structures appear to be threatened at this time.