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Incident Name: Rainbow Springs Fire
Date:  04/25/84, approximately 1645 hrs 
Personnel: 2 Lives Lost
Age:  Varies
Agency/Organization:  US Forest Service
Position: Dozer Operater Team

Summary: 

Paul Keener, Age 40
James L Frizzell, Age 34

On April 25, 1984 a fire started in logging slash on the Mena District of the Ouachita National Forest. The area experienced high fire danger on this day, with a number of new starts that all saw unsually high fire behavior for the fuel conditions. Keener and Frizzell were members of the Poteau Tractor Crew. Ground Crews were conducting a burnout operation, when there was a tremendous build up of the fire. The ground crews disengaged, and approximately 5-10 minutes later the bodies of Keener and Frizzell were discovered; both died of aphyxiation and burns.

 

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

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Media Articles and Reports.

Santa Rosa CA Press Democrat article

Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 4/27/84 Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 4/27/84

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Photos, Videos, & Tributes

  • USFA Memorial Database: Thurman Paul Keener Jr | James Frizzell
  • Paul Keener and James L Frizzell are honored on the USFA National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, MD The plaque for 1984 is organized by state. Look under under Arkansas.
Paul Keener and James L Frizzell under Arkansas Paul Keener and James L Frizzell under Arkansas

 

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Contributors to this article: Chris Anderson, John Miller and Rene Vanderhooft

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