Incident Name: Silver Creek Fire on the Boise National Forest near Cascade, ID
Personnel: Julie Ann Young
Agency/Organization: US Forest Service
Summary: During initial attack on the Silver Creek Fire, Julie Young was struck by a snag that fell from within the fire. She and her crew were working on a line more than 90 feet away. She died from trauma. Julie was a seasonal firefighter with the US Forest Service; her crew's home forest was also the Boise National Forest in Idaho.
Boise National Forest, near Cascade, Idaho 7/30/92
- US Forest Service Heroes Memorial: Julie Ann Young
- Julie's name and death date are included in the USFA Firefighter Fatality Retrospective Study, published April 2002 (2,888 K pdf)
- US Social Security Death Index: Julie A Young
- Continuing lessons on Snags, this one from 1995 Fire Management Notes:
- Mike Theole, Eugene Register Guard, Sep 2, 1994 has good info about another snag death -- Shanon Campbell -- as well as hazards, and protections for firefighters doing a dangerous job. Julie's death earlier in the season is mentioned by Stan Palmer, Safety Statistics Keeper in Boise, on the top middle of page 4a.
"Trees are always the biggest hazard," says Stan Palmer, who keepers the safety statistics in Boise. "It takes several months for all the statistics to come in, but so far I know two firefighters killed this year by trees. The other one was an 20 year old girl here in Idaho a few weeks ago."
- USFA Memorial Database: Julie Ann Young
Contributors to this article: John Miller
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