"FIRE STORM 2007"

Wind & Fire member John Robbins jr. of the Central-Sierrra Chapter

looses his Engine

July 2007

 

While engine 4452 from the CDF Murphy Station in California was assigned to a wildland fire east of the Sierra Mountains they became trapped by high winds. The crew was very experienced, the regular Captain John Robbins was off duty and the crew was lead by a relief Captain. After being trap by flames the desision was made to take shelter near a small pond and use their wildland "fire shelters". All members of the crew servived with non life threatning burns.

(L) On display at the California State Capital during the department name change to CAL FIRE ----------------(R) Hwy 395 near the fire-----------------

One of the first very strong east winds of the fall fire season 2007---------------------(The crew took shelter and was safe)

John jr's Engine went from the best to worst in second on one windy day in July 2007

Sense this incident John and his crew have been assigned a new engine and have spent most of October in Southern California fighting the major fires that continue to burn

KCRA coverage of the fire