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Incident Name:  a fire in the Sulphur Mountain area, Santa Paula Canyon Fire, Ojai District Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest
Date:  8/17/29
Personnel:  Norman Kenneth Deem (initially reported as Beem , CM Deen, and just Deen, confusing)
Age: 26
Agency/Organization:  US Forest Service
Position: Fire Patrol

Summary: On August 8, 1929, Norman Kenneth Deem was patrolling on a motorcycle during a fire in the Sulphur Mountain area. Smoke was thick. Visibility was low. He collided with a fire truck. He died in the hospital.

 

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Sulphur Mountain area, Santa Paula Canyon Fire, Ojai District Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest

 

 

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

  • Norman Deem named (misspelled Deems; in other articles, misspelled Beems, Deen, etc)

    Norman Deem Norman Deem

     
  • Forest Service Memorial Page: Norman Deem

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Media Articles and Reports.

  • List of the Forest Service fatalities in 1929. It was reported as "the greatest loss of Forest Service lives since the 1910 Big Burn."

    Note: Norman K Deem is mis-typeset as "Norman K Deen" in this article.

3 list of fallen, 1929 3 list of fallen, 1929

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From MAW: His name has been added to the Ventura County Fallen FF memorial. Need to check if his name been submitted to the CA state firefighter memorial and accepted. He is not listed in the NWCG Fatalities 1910-1996.

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Contributors to this article: MAW (3/17/09 theysaid), John Miller

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