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Incident Name: California Fire, Riverside Ranger Unit, CA
Date:  06/27/90, approximately 1440 hrs; Victor Ferrera died 6/27/1990 or 28th; Aaron Perry died 7/7/1990
Personnel: 2 Lives Lost
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Agency/Organization:  California Department of Corrections under contract with California Department of Forestry (Now Cal Fire)
Position: CA State Fire Crew Members

Summary: 

Aaron Perry, 22, Firefighter
Victor Ferrara, 22, Firefighter

On June 27, the California Fire -- that was burning near Hemet, Riverside Ranger Unit -- overan a crew that was attempting to backfire a handline. The fire was burning on moderate to steep slopes, in light vegetation during shifting winds and extreme temperatures. Ferrara and Perry were members of the CDF Bautista Crew 3, they received burn injuries to which they succumbed, Ferrara on the same day or shortly thereafter and Perry 10 days later. The balance of the 14 fire crew members received varying degrees of injury.

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  • USFA Database: Aaron Perry | Victor Ferrara; these firefighters are also honored at the National Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, MD.
  • Billion Graves: Victor Ferrara buried in Loma Vista Memorial Park, Fullerton, CA, United States
Victor Ferrara's headstone Victor Ferrara's headstone

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