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Incident Name:  Liebre Fire, Angeles National Forest, CA
Date: 8/14/1965
Personnel: Warren E Tilson
Age: 31
Agency/Organization:  Los Angeles County Fire on a federal jurisdiction fire
Position: firefighter

Summary: On August 14, 1965, Firefighter Captain Warren Tilson and an engine crew were fighting the Libre Fire on the Angeles National Forest. Captain Tilson died while setting a backfire to save the engine crew.

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Libre Fire, 1965


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

    Date: 1965

    Fire Name / Location: Liebre Fire, Angeles NF, CA

    1 fatality

    Agency: LA County

    Fire behavior observed: Unknown, not reported

    Remarks: L.A. Captain died setting backfire to save engine crew.

  • From 1965 CA Memorial Wall database, this is the only Los Angeles County or City fatality in 1965:

    Warren E Tilson, Los Angeles City

    Date: 8/14/1965

    Cause of death not stated

  • California, Death Index: Warren E Tilson

    Name: Warren E Tilson

    Event Type: Death

    Event Date: 14 Aug 1965

    Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States

    Birth Date: 07 Aug 1934

    Birthplace: Texas

    Gender: Male

    Father's Name:

    Mother's Name: Butterfi

    Age: 31

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