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Incident Name:  Don Pedro Fire
Date:  7/2/1964
Personnel: James L Carlisle
Age: 47
Agency/Organization:  CDF (now CAL FIRE)
Position: firefighter

Summary: Although details are sketchy, it's clear that CDF firefighter James Carlisle was fighting the Don Pedro Fire on the Tuolumne Ranger Unit near Lake Don Pedro on July 2, 1964. The circumstances surrounding his death are unknown, but records show he died of burns received while engaged in suppression of the Don Pedro Fire.

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Don Pedro Fire, 1964, Tuolumne Ranger Unit, CA; neart Don Pedro Lake, east of Coulterville

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

  • Lessons Learned Center has a record but no details (screen-save of the record)
  • From NWCG Fire Fatality Record: Historical Wildland Firefighter Fatalities 1910 - 1996

    Date: 1964
    Fire Name / Location: Don Pedro Fire, Tuolumne Ranger Unit, CA

    1 fatality

    Agency: CDF

    Fire behavior observed: Unknown

    Remarks: Died of burns

  • from 1964 CA Memorial Wall database, the only CDF burn fatality in 1964:

    Name: James Carlisle

    Agency: CDF

    Date: 7/2/1964

    Cause: contact exposure burn

    Activity: Fire suppression

  • California, Death Index: James L Carlisle

    Name: James L Carlisle

    Event Type: Death

    Event Date: 02 Jul 1964

    Event Place: San Francisco, California, United States

    Birth Date: 08 Dec 1917

    Birthplace: Nebraska

    Gender: Male

    Father's Name:

    Mother's Name: Straw

  • US Social Security Death Index: James L Carlisle


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