| 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.