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Wildland Fire Burn over-3 Firefighters injured,2 Engines destroyed

North Carolina: firefighters and fire trucks burned
Written by Bill on April 8th, 2010

On a 65-acre fire in Jackson County, North Carolina, three firefighters were injured and three fire trucks were destroyed or damaged in the Wilmont community on Bradley Branch Road. Two of the firefighters sustained minor burns and were treated at the scene. A third firefighter suffered smoke inhalation and was airlifted to Memorial Mission Hospital for treatment, according to state forest ranger Kerry Lathrop.

Two vehicles burned in the fire, including a North Carolina Forest Service vehicle and one driven by the chief of the Qualla Fire Department. A third vehicle belonging to the Qualla FD was heavily damaged. One home on Bradley Branch Road also burned.

Residents in the area were forced to evacuate on Wednesday, but heavy rain moved into the area this morning, making the job of mopup much easier for the firefighters.

Here is a 20-second video shot by the Jackson County Emergency Manager, Todd Dillard.

Subject: 24 Hour Preliminary Briefing


Location: Jackson County, North Carolina

Date of Occurrence: April 7, 2010

Incident: Bradley Branch Fire

Number of Injured: 3

Occupied Dwellings Lost: 1

Support Vehicles destroyed: 2


On Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 1430, the NC Division of Forest Resources in Jackson County responded to a wildfire off Bradley Branch Road in the Wilmont Community. At approximately 1900 hours, after containment lines were complete, spot fires resulted in the loss of initial attack. At approximately 1925 hours the fire made a run towards a house consuming 2 support vehicles (one DFR Type-6 Engine, one VFD Jeep crew transport, and minor damage to a VFD mini-pumper) and igniting the house. The house burned to the ground. At this time 3 VFD personnel were injured during suppression efforts. One (1) VFD member suffered minor smoke inhalation, was treated and released on-scene to continue suppression efforts. One (1) VFD member suffered minor burns to this right forearm, was treated and released on-scene to continue suppression efforts. One (1) VFD member complained of chest pains and shortness of breath and was air lifted to a regional medical facility, treated and released in the morning of April 8, 2010.

Suppression efforts continued through the evening with NC Division of Forest Resources and local VFD members. The fire was contained at approximately 0100 hours on April 8, 2010 consuming 65 acres of woodland.

An investigation team has been formed and is investigating the incident. Further reports will be forthcoming.

Pictures are from my personal collection including Fires in SoCal,Arizona,Texas and Florida

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Added: Apr-11-2010 Occurred On: Apr-11-2010
By: Fire37Rescue
Tags: WildlandFire, ForestryFirefighters, burnover, VFDinjured, DeptNaturalResources, DNR, Fire
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