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Incident Name:  Mound House Fire
Date: incident 8/27/83, approximately 1500-1529 hours; death date 8/28/83
Personnel: Keith Lemmons, Alaska BLM
Age: 27
Agency/Organization: Bureau of Land Management
Position: firefighter; Dragon Wagon Attack Unit crew member

Summary: On August 27, 1983, Keith Lemmons of Alaska BLM was on a detail to Carson City District BLM, fighting the 3000-acre Mound House Fire east of Carson City, NV. Lemmons was part of a Dragon Wagon Attack Unit, comprised of Dragon Wagon and Chase Truck. He was entrapped when he became separated in the smoke from his Chase Truck, and winds that had been blowing to the south in excess of 28 mph suddenly changed to a northeast direction. Human factors played a large part in the entrapment. Communications failed. Keith had no fire shelter with him and was unprotected as rapidly-shifting flame lengths of approximately 25-30 feet blew horizontally, burning Keith. He was life-flighted to a hospital in Reno where he died the next day.

 

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Contributors to this article: Bob Simpson, Mellie

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