Loop Wildfire - 1966

California's Worst Wildfires...

The Loop fire was one of the most tragic fires in cost of human life in California history.

On November 1, 1966, the El Cariso Hotshots, a U.S. Forest Service Wild-land Firefighting Crews, were trapped by high flames as they worked on a steep hillside in Pacoima Canyon on the Angeles National Forest. Ten members of the crew perished on the Loop Fire that day. Another two members died from severe burn injuries in the following days. Most of the nineteen members who survived were horribly burned and remained hospitalized for a long time.

Many lessons were learned with this fire. Better training on how fires move and act, and better equipment came out of this disaster.

Source: U.S. Forest Service

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