Lessons Learned: Horse Park Fire Entrapment

Narrow escape from Horse Park Fire in Colorado

 

 

Two crew members were scouting a road for a potential burnout operation when their truck became stuck. They were unable to free the truck before the fire began to overtake them. The crewmember made the decision to abandon the truck and take their gear with them. They fled back down the road and away from the fire. One crew member ran ahead and made it safely back to the other vehicles.

The other crew member dropped his pack, keeping his fire shelter and radio with him. An additional crew member came up the road on a UTV to help him escape. The pair drove to the parking area where the other crew members were waiting in the vehicles.

Meanwhile, the crew lookout was forced to flee from the lookout position by the same advance of the fire.

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