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SAFENET ID:
20161005-0001
Event Start Date:
09/17/2016 1300
Event Stop Date:
 
Incident Name:
Owens River
Fire Number:
P%KQW1 
State:
California
Jurisdiction:
USFS
Local Unit:
Mammoth District
Incident Type:
Wildland
Incident Activity:
Line
Stage of Incident:
Initial Attack
Position Title:
 
Task:
 
Management Level:
3
Resources Involved:
Dispatch, Air Attack, Helicopter 
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Fire Behavior
Human Factors:
 
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.
During the initial attack stages of the Owens River Incident. Dispatch was in contact by phone with climbers that were in the Clark Cyn area. They could see smoke and had concerns for their safety. Air Attack had arrived on scene with in coming Helicopters and Tankers. Air Attack was doing the job he needed to be doing, trying to make sense and get things as clear as possible in the very first stages of this fire. Dispatch Assistant Center Manager kept calling Air Attack repeatedly on the radio. Once Air Attack had the minute to answer him he was told by the Assistant Center Manger about what was going on with the climbers and that he wanted him to go see if he could find these people so he would know where they are in regards to the fire. Air Attack told the Assistant he had incoming Tankers getting ready to drop as soon as he had a minute he would deal with him. Local Helicopter H-525 also heard this. Between Air Attack and H-525 the situation was dealt with and all climbers were safe. Do to having a well qualified Air Attack and Helicopter Module no other incidents occurred from this. There are a lot of things that could have resulted in a bad outcome due to the Assistant Center Manager not taking the proper steps to get this information to the Air Attack and by-passing the IC in charge of the fire. The IC had not given approval for him to go direct to Air Attack to send him away from his Air Attack Duties to preform another mission. There seems to possibly be a lack of training with aviation in this dispatch office.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
Unknown.


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