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Incident Name: Smith Creek Forest Fire, ID
Date: 8/31/1929
Personnel: Joe Aikens
Age: 24
Agency/Organization: FS fire support
Position: water carrier / firefighter

Summary: On August 31, 1929 Joe Aikens and Kenneth Curtis were struck by a snag while acting as fire support, carrying water to firefighters fighting the Smith Creek Forest Fire near the Idaho Border with Canada. Joe who was only 24 and from Tennessee was killed. Kenneth who was from Bonner's Ferry, Idaho survived although badly injured.

 

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20 miles west of Porthill, ID on the Canadian / Idaho line

 

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