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Incident Name: Kyle Fire on the Riverside Ranger Unit
Date: 8/17/1965
Personnel: Melvon Miller
Age: 51
Agency/Organization: CDF (now CAL FIRE)
Position: firefighter

Summary: On August 17, 1965, CDF Firefighter Melvon Miller died while fighting the Kyle Fire on the Riverside Ranger Unit. According to the Desert Sun (a local paper) news article, he died of a heart attack at the scene of a structure fire in Indio. CDF (now CALFIRE) was the contracting agency for local fire protection, so he was a full-time CDF employee working at a county-funded fire station. The fact that there's a record in the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) records indicates that the Kyle Fire was a wildland fire. He might have been structure protection or a structure fire may have progressed to the wildland. (It is unlikely he was fighting only a structure fire.) NWCG records from that time often did not include cause of death or remarks.

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Kyle Fire, Indio, CA

 

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  • From NWCG Fire Fatality Record: Historical Wildland Firefighter Fatalities 1910 - 1996 (407 K pdf)

    Date: 1965

    Fire Name / Location: Kyle Fire, Riverside RU, CA

    1 fatality

    Agency: CDF

    Fire behavior observed: Unknown

    Remarks: none

  • From 1965 CA Memorial Wall database. This is the only CDF Riverside Ranger Unit fatality in 1965:

    Melvon Miller

    Agency: CDF

    Date: 8/17/1965

    No info on cause of death

  • California, Death Index: Melvon L Miller

    Name: Melvon L Miller

    Event Type: Death

    Event Date: 17 Aug 1965

    Event Place: Riverside County, California, United States

    Birth Date: 03 Feb 1913

    Birthplace: Oklahoma

    Gender: Male

    Father's Name:

    Mother's Name: Cabe

    Age: 51

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Contributors to this article:  Redgroom, Mellie

 

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