Incident Name: Holser Fire
Date: July 17, 1999, 0150 hours
Personnel: Martin Stiles
Age: 40 years
Agency/Organization: Los Angeles County Fire Department
On 7/17/99 firefighter Martin Stiles, age 40, from Crew 19-3 (inmate crew) succumbed due to traumatic injuries suffered in a fall that occurred on the “Holser Fire”. This was a 2,502 acre fire located near Piru in Ventura County.
Holser Fire with spotfire. General location and perimeter.
Holser Fire. Exact accident location unknown.
- USFA Memorial Database: Martin Michael Stiles
Firefighter Stiles was a part of a Los Angeles County Fire Department Strike Team working a wildland fire incident in Ventura County. His crew was assigned to construct handline around a slop over that extended over a dozer line on a ridge. Firefighter Stiles slipped over a ridge and fell to his death 150 feet below. The time of the fatal incident was approximately 1:50 a.m.
Contributors to this article: Gerald Meehan, Larry Tucker, LAC
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