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Incident Name: Box Camp, Megram Fire of the Big Bar Complex, Six Rivers National Forest
Date: 9/28/1999
Personnel: Mike Musser
Age: age 30 or early 30s
Agency/Organization: Hoopa Fire Department, BIA
Position: firefighter camp crew

Summary: On September 28, 1999, the Megram fire blew up, potentially endangering all in Box Camp. In the middle of the night an alarm -- including lights and sirens -- went off in camp, calling on all to evacuate immediately. The situation was chaotic and very stressful. No one knew what direction the fire might come from. Mike died of a heart attack during the evacuation.

Eagle Creek looking north from Brush Mountain on 9/24/1999; Megram Fire blowup and 5+ mile run on 9/28/1999.

Megram Fire on Big Bar Complex Megram Fire on Big Bar Complex
Megram Fire Blowup & Run Megram Fire Blowup & Run

 

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Box Camp, Klamath National Forest

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If anyone has access to any reports or news articles, please send them in. The Hupa Tribe has a tribal paper. Was any info published there? I just remember hearing on the scanner. Mellie

 

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  • Mike was a member of the Hupa Tribe. He is missed.

 

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Contributors to this article: Rob Maclellan, Mellie

 

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