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SAFENET ID:
20170819-0004        [Corrective Actions]
Event Start Date:
08/18/2017 1504
Event Stop Date:
08/18/2017 1800 
Incident Name:
Oil Well Fire
Fire Number:
K9X4 
State:
Montana
Jurisdiction:
BIA
Local Unit:
Blackfeet Agency
Incident Type:
Wildland, All Hazard
Incident Activity:
Line
Stage of Incident:
Initial Attack
Position Title:
ENGB 
Task:
Initial Attack 
Management Level:
4
Resources Involved:
4 Engines, Helicopter 
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Equipment
Human Factors:
 
Other Factors:
Mechanical 
Narrative
Describe in detail what happened including the concern or potential issue, the environment (weather, terrain, fire behavior, etc), and the resulting health issue.
Responded to a Class B fire, fuel models 1/3. The fire was located on farm land, primary fuel (wheat). I arrived on scene of the incident with three other engines (3 type 6, 1 type 4) at 1535 hrs. we had tied into the north flank of the fire working east. Wind speeds of 15 MPH were out of the west with gusts of 35 MPH. We continued fighting the fire from within the interior of the black when I had noticed smoke coming from outside of the cab of the engine. I had stopped the vehicle in the cold black of the fire, shut engine ignition off, set the parking brake, and proceeded to exit the vehicle with my engine technician. I looked under the driver side cab of the vehicle and noticed heavy smoke coming from the engine. I then rushed to the rear of the engine to retrieve the engine pump water hard-line. I then rushed to the passenger side of the vehicle and began extinguishing the vehicles engine compartment from below the cab of the vehicle. The smoke began to dissipate. After successfully extinguishing the engine from below the vehicle I moved to the front of the fire engine asking my engine technician to pull the hood release latch. I slowly opened the hood of the vehicle and accessed the vehicles engine to ensure the vehicle had been successfully extinguished. I then radioed fire dispatch and my superior to notify them of the incident.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
I had stopped the vehicle in the cold black of the fire, shut engine ignition off, set the parking brake, and proceeded to exit the vehicle with my engine technician. I looked under the driver side cab of the vehicle and noticed heavy smoke coming from the engine. I then rushed to the rear of the engine to retrieve the engine pump water hard-line. I then rushed to the passenger side of the vehicle and began extinguishing the vehicles engine compartment from below the cab of the vehicle. The smoke began to dissipate. After successfully extinguishing the engine from below the vehicle I moved to the front of the fire engine asking my engine technician to pull the hood release latch. I slowly opened the hood of the vehicle and assessed the vehicles engine to ensure the vehicle had been successfully extinguished. I then radioed fire dispatch and my superior to notify them of the incident.

I had assessed the vehicle noticing there had been significant damage caused by a fire of unknown origin underneath the vehicle engine compartment. I had chalked the tires and left the vehicle ignition off as there was a strong odor of gasoline coming from the engine. I had then monitored the vehicle to ensure the vehicle fire would not ignite and re-burn.


Corrective Actions

20170819-0004-CA001

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