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Incident Name:  3661-acre "Bryant Canyon Fire" (upper end of Big Tujunga Canyon) on the Angeles National Forest; ten miles northwest of suburban Passadena
Date: 8/5/1947
Personnel: 2 lives lost
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Agency/Organization: US Forest Service, Los Angeles County Fire Department
Position: firefighters

Summary: 

Carl Masterson, 41, a US Forest Service employee, Lopez Canyon Station
Edward "Harry" Duffy, 21, a Construction Fire Suppression Operator, Los Angeles County Fire Department (working out of Deer Creek fire camp)

On 8/5/47 Construction Fire Suppression Operator Edward "Harry" Duffy and Carl Masterson, a US Forest Service employee, died during suppression of the 3661-acre "Bryant Canyon Brush Fire". They were entrapped in a draw and overrun. Others were injured. The fire was the most disasterous in the area in 24 years.

 

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General Incident Location -  They were entrapped and overrun in Bryant Canyon. Lat/Lon is at the mouth of the canyon and it runs south about 1.5 miles or so. Entrapment would have been south of the pin.

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  • Deaths of Carl Masterson & Harry Duffy Deaths of Carl Masterson & Harry Duffy
  • Parachutists Join Fight against Fire, Reinforcements rushed to California canyon

    August 8, 1947 | Reading Eagle

    Big Tujunga Canyon brush and light timber fire raged uncontrolled for its fourth day

    By early on the 4th day, the blaze had crept down the canyon to within 1 1/2 miles ofthe community of Tujunga, and the US Ranger M W Durham said the burned-over area now totalled approximately 4,200 acres. An effort was made yesterday to create rain by artificial methods above the burning area where two have died and the list of injured reached some 75. The cloud experiment failed.

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Contributors to this article: Gerald Meehan, Larry Tucker, LAC, RJM, John Miller, Rene Vanderhooft

 

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