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Incident Name: Mack Lake Prescribed Fire Escape
Date:  05/05/80, approximately 1245 hrs
Personnel: James Lee Swiderski
Age:  29
Agency/Organization:  US Forest Service
Position: Tractor Operater

Summary: At 1030 on May 5, the Crane Lake prescribed burn was initiated to burn off logging slash; at around 1200 spot fires ocurred in the Jack Pine nearby, and quickly became established. Between 1215 and 1230 the fire crossed Highway 33 and became the Mack Lake wildfire. The fire exhibited long range spotting and vortices with a rapidly moving crown fire in the Jack Pine forest. Tractor Operater James Swiderski was caught by the fire on the North flank where he was constructing line. The area had experienced a 60% drop in relatively humidity around 1000 hrs; fire behavior diminshed when the humidity came back up around 1800 hrs, and was nearly contained over night.

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