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Incident Name: 29,000-acre Sleeping Child Fire, much of it on the Bitterroot National Forest
Date: 8/13/1961
Personnel: LaVerne Clifford, Ogalala Soiux from the Pine Ridge, SD
Age: 41
Agency/Organization: Sioux Indian Firefighters - BIA; fire jurisdiction - USFS
Position: firefighter

Summary: LaVerne Clifford died on a chartered Forest Service plane that was taking him home from the firelines. Crew boss for the trained Sioux Indian firefighters, he was removed from the fire after six days on the fire. He was treated in Hamilton for and infection and a stomach upset.

 

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flight from Hamilton, MT to Pine Ridge, SD

Sleeping Child Creek, MT

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