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Incident Name:
Date:  10/8/1942
Personnel:  Joseph Praytel
Age:  30
Agency/Organization:  California Department of Forestry (now CALFIRE)
Position: firefighter

Summary: On 10/8/1942, Joseph Praytel was run over at night by a vehicle at a truck fire in the woods near Weed California. He succombed to his injuries.


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near Weed, CA


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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned


  • NWCG: Historical Wildland Fire Fatalities 1910-1996 (408 K pdf)
    • Date: 1942
    • Fire Name / Location: Weed, Siskiyou RU, CA; Nevada County CA
    • Number of Fatalities: 1
    • Agency: CDF now CAL FIRE
    • Fire behavior observed: Unknown, Occurred during nightshift.
    • Remarks: Truck fire; Firefighter was run over by a vehicle at a truck fire in woods
  • Lessons Learned Database:

    Date: 1/1/1942

    Location: Weed

    State: California


    Accident: Vehicle Burn

    Category: Vehicle


    Agency: CDF (now CAL FIRE)

    Number of People: Not Applicable

    Shelters Available: Not Applicable

    Shelters Deployed: Not Applicable

    Fatalities: 1

    Injuries: Not Applicable

  • California Death Index: Joseph P Praytel

    Name: Joseph P Pryatel

    Event Type: Death

    Event Date: 08 Oct 1942

    Event Place: Siskiyou, California, United States

    Birth Date: 07 Mar 1913

    Birthplace: Wisconsin

    Gender: Male

    Father's Name: Pryatel

    Mother's Name: Miller

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