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Incident Name: Lakeland Fire, a 6,000 acre brushfire in the Cleveland NF, 8 mi east of Camp Pendleton, Cleveland National Forest, CA
Date: 11/30/1980, died 12/1/1980
Personnel: Steve Johnson, member of a handcrew from the Mapleton Ranger District, Siuslaw National Forest, OR
Age: 33
Agency/Organization: US Forest Service
Position: firefighter

Summary: Oregon Firefighter Steve Johnson, 33, died on 12/1/80 at San Antonio Community Hospital of an apparent heart attack suffered while fighting the 6,000-acre Lakeland brushfire in the Cleveland NF, 8 mi east of Camp Pendleton, CA. He was a member of a 20-man handcrew sent Nov 26 from the Mapleton RD of the Siuslaw NF in Oregon. At day's end on November 30th, Steve complained to crewmates of headache and sickness and was taken to the Mission Valley Hospital. The physician there recommended he be transported home to Oregon for treatment. He was transported to the Ontario CA airport where he collapsed. He was rushed to the San Antonio Community Hospital, did not respond to treatment and died at 1:33 AM.

 

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6,000 acre brushfire in the Cleveland NF, 8 mi east of Camp Pendleton

San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, CA

 

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Steve Johnson named as fallen: He was from a National Forest in Oregon, but died in a National Forest in southern California.

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