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Incident Name:  Chipmunk Creek Fire on Yellowstone National Park
Date: 6/22/1940; but he may have died on 6/23/1940, given the discrepancy between sources
Personnel: James Hester of Norwood OH
Age: 19
Agency/Organization:  Civilian Conservation Corps
Position: firefighter

Summary: James Hester, 19 was fighting the Chipmunk Creek Fire 8 miles south of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park when a blazing snag fell and hit him. He perished, perhaps a day later. Another firefighter Chester Otey who was also injured, survived.

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about 8 miles south of Yellowstone Lake, Chipmunk Creek Fire, Yellowstone National Park, WY:

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

  • Reported in the book Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park by Lee H Whittlesey in the chapter "Deaths from Forest Fires: Smoke Chasing Can Kill," p 102
James Hester, CCC James Hester, CCC
  • Lessons Learned Center Record for the Chipmunk Creek Fire CCC fatality
Chipmunk Creek Fire, CCC Chipmunk Creek Fire, CCC

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Contributors to this article: Bob Sommer

 

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