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20170601-0001        [Corrective Actions]
Event Start Date:
05/10/2017 0700
Event Stop Date:
Incident Name:
Mile 0 Rx
Fire Number:
Local Unit:
Wallowa-Whitman NF, Whitman RD
Incident Type:
Prescribed/Fuels Treatment
Incident Activity:
Transport to/from
Stage of Incident:
Position Title:
Management Level:
Resources Involved:
Type 6 engine 
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Human Factors:
Other Factors:
Describe in detail what happened including the concern or potential issue, the environment (weather, terrain, fire behavior, etc), and the resulting health issue.
While I was driving my engine from the district out to our three Mile 9 Rx units I could hear a strange noise coming from the truck that turned in to a vibration. I pulled over immediately to check it out and found all of the lug nuts on the drivers side back dual wheels were very loose and the wheel was wobbling on the drum. The morning checks were done on the vehicle prior to it leaving the district compound except for the torque on the lug nuts, that happens on Wednesdays, so just a visual check of the tires was done. The safety issue and near miss of this incident was the fact that this engine had been on the units the day prior and was driven back to the district in the late evening over a very steep and winding mountain highway in this condition and there was no mention of the noise or vibration until I brought it back in. It was only then that the driver from the previous night said "Oh, I wondered what that noise was."
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
I pulled over immediately to check what was causing the vibration. Upon finding the loose lug nuts I tightened them up as much as possible and limped it back to our forest shop at the district approximately a mile from where I found the issue. When I got back to the shop, the lug nuts were loose again and we retightened them and got it to the tire shop a block away, again the lug nuts loosened back up. The lug holes on the rims were augured out and the lug nut studs stripped to the point that you could not get them to stay tight as the vehicle moved. The truck was put out of service until new studs and rims could arrive which was going to be the next afternoon.

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