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Incident Name:  7 acre brush and timber fire in Little Santa Anita Canyon, Angeles National Forest
Date: 6/19/1968, shortly after 1300 hours
Personnel: Alessand J. Biancalana
Age: 58
Agency/Organization: US Forest Service
Position: firefighter, dozer operator

Summary: Al Biancalana was clearing the overgrown brush on the closed Mt Wilson Toll Road for firefighting equipment. His small bulldozer went off the edge and plunged 200 feet. More than 100 firefighters were fighting the fire, keeping it small. Al Biancalana did not survive.

 

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Little Santa Anita Canyon, Southeast of Mt Wilson

Little Santa Anita Canyon Little Santa Anita Canyon

Best guess at location based on RJM's research.

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  • Forest Aid Dies Fighting Canyon Blaze

    Jun 20, 1968 | pay-per-view

    Al J. Biancalana, 58, of 6712 N. Golden West Ave;, Arcadia, was killed when his small bulldozer went off the old Mt. Wilson Toll Road and plunged 200 feet down

  • California Death Index: Alessand J. Biancalana
  • Wikipedia: Mt Wilson Toll Road

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  • Al Biancalana, a 16 year Forest Service employee, was survived by a wife and two children.

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Contributors to this article: Gerald Meehan, Rick Messier, RJM


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