News Release

Statement by U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth on Fire Fighter Deaths and Injuries from the San Bernardino National Forest in California

Washington
October 27, 2006 -

 

by

Dale Bosworth, Chief

U.S. Forest Service

Fire Fighter Deaths and Injuries

Near Palm Springs, California

October 27, 2006

"It is with deep sorrow that we learn of the deaths of four firefighters from the San Bernardino National Forest in California. Another firefighter is being treated for serious burns, suffered while the crew was battling a wind-whipped wildfire that drove hundreds of people from their homes. My heartfelt sympathies go out to these families, friends and loved one affected by this tragedy."

"This incident reminds all of us that firefighting is a dangerous business. Our firefighters' and the public's safety is and always will be our first priority."