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Incident Name:  Silver Creek Fire, Nez Perce National Forest, ID
Date: 8/30/1961, 1710 hours
Personnel: 2 lives lost
Age:
Agency/Organization: US Forest Service
Position: firefighters

Summary:

Lewis Watkins, 31
Albert M. Klingshirn, 21

On August 30, 1961, two firefighters of a regular hand crew from Spokane WA, were burned over by a sudden flare up on steep terrain. They died. Baxter Johnston, age 17, also of the crew, suffered minor burns and was treated in Grangeville, ID. His account is presented in the newspaper article.


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Approximate Incident Location, Silver Creek Fire.

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

  • Entry from the Lessons Learned Center database from NWCG records.

    Date: 1/1/1961

    Location: Nez Perce NF

    State: Idaho

    Incident: Silver Creek

    Accident: Entrapment

    Category: Fire

    Organization: Federal

    Agency: USFS

    Number of People: 2

    Shelters Available: Not Applicable

    Shelters Deployed: Not Applicable

    Fatalities: 2

    Injuries: Not Applicable

    Note: The 1/1/1961 indicates the date of the incident in 1961 is not known. The article below clarifies the date as 8/30/1961

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Albert Klingshirn Headstone, credit KT Winston

Albert Klingshern headstone Albert Klingshern headstone

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Contributors to this article:  Brett Rogers

 

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