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SAFENET ID:
20160902-0001        [Corrective Actions]
Event Start Date:
08/29/2016 1400
Event Stop Date:
08/29/2016 1400 
Incident Name:
Rail Fire
Fire Number:
OR-WWF-000582 
State:
Oregon
Jurisdiction:
USFS
Local Unit:
Burnt Powder Fire Zone
Incident Type:
Wildland
Incident Activity:
Line
Stage of Incident:
Other
Position Title:
Rogue IHC on Division H 
Task:
Line Construction 
Management Level:
2
Resources Involved:
Crews 
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Environmental
Human Factors:
Decision Making, Leadership, Risk Assessment, Situational Awareness  
Other Factors:
 
Narrative
Describe in detail what happened including the concern or potential issue, the environment (weather, terrain, fire behavior, etc), and the resulting health issue.
Purposed direct line construction on Division H on the Rail Fire. It was purposed to construct direct line down a steep slope with heavy down fuels, underslung line, and numerous overhead hazards. At least three crews scouted the purposed line with two of them turning the assignment down because of the rollout potential.

Two crews decided on an indirect line option while incorporating a spot fire into the indirect line. The third crew instead decided to start the direct line construction. The third crew also requested a crew from Division F to come up from the bottom towards them. This put the bottom crew in a direct fall line of the third crew. At around 1400 a sawyer from the third crew felled a snag that rolled down the slope. As it rolled it broke loose a large boulder that was in a direct line rolling down the hill towards the crew at the bottom who were approximately 200 feet upslope from the bottom. The boulder came to a stop about 100-200 feet above the crew. This was a near miss that could have had severe consequences.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
Division F pulled the bottom crew off the line to a safe work location.


Corrective Actions

20160902-0001-CA001

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