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Incident Name:
Date: 9/7/65
Personnel: James Z Mcdonell
Age: 46
Agency/Organization: US Forest Service
Position: firefighter

Summary: James Mcdonell was apparently staying warm in a vehicle during night shift on a fire on the Eldorado National Forest, when he died from asphyxiation, probably carbon monoxide poisoning from the vehicle exhaust.

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  • NWCG: Historical Wildland Fire Fatalities 1910-1996 (408 K pdf)
    • Date: 1965
    • Fire Name / Location: Eldorado National Forest, CA
    • Number of Fatalities: 1
    • Agency: US Forest Service
    • Fire behavior observed: Unknown, Occurred during nightshift.
    • Remarks: Firefighter died of asphyxiation. Was staying warm in vehicle.
  • California Death Index: James Z Mcdonell
    • Name: James Z Mcdonell
    • Event Type: Death
    • Event Date: 07 Sep 1965
    • Event Place: Placer, California, United States
    • Birth Date: 10 May 1919
    • Birthplace: California
    • Gender: Male
    • Father's Name:
    • Mother's Name: Reyonlds
    • age: 45

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