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Incident Name: brush fire in Lakeside CA
Date: incident date: 7/5/17; fatality date: 7/11/17
Personnel: Frank Anaya
Age: 22
Agency/Organization: CALFIRE, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Position: wildland firefighter

Summary: On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at 1400 hours, a CAL FIRE inmate firefighter crew responded to a wildland fire in the Lakeside Fire Protection District of San DiegoCounty, California. While constructing direct handline, firefighter Frank Anaya suffered a serious laceration from a chainsaw to the right upper leg. Frank Anaya was transported to a local area hospital in critical condition and succumbed to the injury on July 11, 2017.

Photo credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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Vicinity of Interstate 8-Business and Los Coches Road (U.S. National Grid: 11S NS 0884 3270)

 

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  • CAL FIRE Green Sheet (72 hr report):

    July 5, 2017
    Interstate 8
    17-CA-MVU-016308
    17-CA-MVU-016337
    California Southern Region

    On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at 1400 hours, a CAL FIRE inmate firefighter crew responded to a wildland fire in the Lakeside Fire Protection District of San Diego County, California. While constructing direct handline, an inmate firefighter suffered a serious laceration from a chainsaw to the right upper leg. The inmate firefighter was transported to a local area hospital in critical condition and succumbed to the injury on July 11, 2017.

 

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  • CA Inmate FF Fatally Injured by Partner's Chainsaw

    7/15/2017 | Online Article (San Diego Union Tribune)

    A report by Cal Fire says inmate firefighter Frank Anaya, who died Tuesday (7/11/17), was fatally injured by a chainsaw another inmate was using during efforts to contain a brush fire in Lakeside on July 5.

    July 14--An inmate firefighter who died Tuesday was severely cut with a chainsaw another inmate was using while they were working together to stop a blaze in Lakeside, according to a Cal Fire report.

    Frank Anaya, 22, was tasked with clearing brush cut by another inmate firefighter to build a fire containment line around a mobile home park off Interstate 8-Business and Los Coches Road.

    The July 5 fire would be extinguished before any homes were damaged. It charred 2 acres.

    According to the report of the fatal incident, Anaya was standing on a rock and pushing against a shrub his partner was cutting with a 24-inch chainsaw when a branch snapped and Anaya lost his balance.

    He fell and landed on the chainsaw, which cut the back of his upper right thigh.

    According to the report, he yelled: "Oww, I've been hit."

    His partner, who felt the power tool snag Anaya's Kevlar chaps, applied the chain break and withdrew the chainsaw, the report said.

    Paramedics and other firefighters applied a tourniquet to Anaya's leg to control the bleeding before he was rushed away in an ambulance. He died Tuesday at a hospital after undergoing multiple surgeries.

    Anaya had been assigned to the La Cima Conservation Camp in Julian since April.

    A former Venura County resident, he had been in state custody since last September after being convicted of assault on his spouse and a weapons charges.

     

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