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Incident Name:  Molera II  Fire, Apple Pie Ridge, Big Sur, CA
Date: 7/09/1989
Personnel: Antonio Hernandez
Age: 26
Agency/Organization:  CDF (now CAL FIRE)
Position: firefighter

Summary: On July 9, 1989, Antonio "Abel" Hernandez was working with his crew from Gabilan Conservation Camp on a 3,100 acre arson fire near the spectacular coastline of Monterey County in the Big Sur Wilderness when he was struck and killed by a falling redwood. Six members of his crew were injured but survived.

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in Big Sur's coastal wilderness, Apple Pie Ridge

 

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

Antonio Hernandez, struck by redwood tree Antonio Hernandez, struck by redwood tree

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Photos, Videos, & Tributes

  • USFA Memorial Database: Antonio S. "Abel" Hernandez
  • Abel Hernandez, from San Diego, was the father of four and due for release in February, 1990 (UPI).

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Contributors to this article: George Haines, Unit Chief (retired), CAL FIRE - BEU

 

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