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Incident Name:  Canyon or Canyon Inn Fire
Date:  August 24, 1968
Personnel:  8 lives lost
Age:  most were teenagers
Agency/Organization:  Los Angeles County Fire Department
Position: firefighters

Summary:

George Thomas, age 36, Fireman Specialist of Crew 4-4
Duane Battle, age 17, Crewman Crew 4-4
Earl Walzer, Crewman Crew 4-4
William Rodriguez, Crewman Crew 4-4
Arthur Mendible, Crewman Crew 4-4
Robert Rivera, Crewman Crew 4-4
Gregory Banks, Crewman Crew 4-4
Larry Carlin, Crewman Crew 4-4

On 8/23/68 the "Canyon Inn Fire" started above Glendora, CA. On 8/24 members of Los Angeles County Fire Department Crew 4-4 were burned over. Seven juvenile crewmen and a Fireman Specialist lost their lives. Before the fire was over it burned 19,100 acres. As a result of the loss of juvenile firefighter lives in this fire and the Hacienda Heights Fire, the practice of using juvenile probationers to fight fire was re-evaluated and stopped. The Downhill Indirect Checklist was another result of this fire.

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Canyon or Canyon Inn Fire perimeter

Canyon Inn Fire Boundary Canyon Inn Fire Boundary

Topo Map location of Canyon Fire fatality site (Section 24) relative to Angeles NF Boundary; location is the tiny red dot below the "heel" and about 1/2 mile outside the forest

Canyon Fire Canyon Fire

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Contributors to this article: Rick Messier, Gerald Meehan, Larry Tucker, LAC, RJM

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