Several firefighters feared dead in helicopter crash in California

Published on August 6, 2008
NFPA statistics available as resource for media

August 6, 2008 – News reports indicate that a helicopter involved in wildland firefighting activities in Trinity County, California crashed on Tuesday, August 5, possibly resulting in the deaths of up to nine firefighters. Four other people, including up to three firefighters, were hospitalized.  NFPA offers reports and resources to the media. Materials are available at NFPA’s Web site

According to NFPA statistics, this is the worst aircraft crash on or related to a wildland fire with regards to firefighter deaths.

A total of 102 on-duty firefighter deaths occurred in the U.S. in 2007. This is a sharp increase over the 89 firefighter fatalities that occurred in 2006, but returns to the long-term trend of close to 100 on-duty deaths annually. Source:  Firefighter Fatalities in the United States 2007

  • Three of the 11 deadliest fires in the U.S. with five or more firefighter deaths are wildland fire-related.
  • Three of the 20 deadliest fires in U.S. history were wildland fire-related.
  • Deadliest incidents in the U.S. resulting the deaths of 8 or more firefighters
  • NFPA's fact sheet on wildland fires

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