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Cramer Fire

Lessons Learned

“Safety Zone” newsletter, July, 2004

Lessons Learned
author, date unknown

One-Year Anniversary Letter by Kelly Close, FBAN

Declaration on Cramer Redactions, by James Furnish, April, 2005

FSEEE v. USFS, FOIA Civil Lawsuit Order,
December, 2005

FOIA Request to USFS, December, 2005

FOIA Appeal to USFS,
February, 2006

Management Evaluation Report

Investigation Team Information

Synopsis of the Cramer Fire Accident Investigation

Causal Factors

Contributing Factors


Factual Report

Executive Summary

   (facts 1 - 57)
   (facts 58 - 201)
   (fact 202)
   (facts 203 - 237)


Appendix A
Resources on the Fire

Appendix B
Cramer Fire Timeline

Appendix C
Fire Behavior and Weather
   Prior Conditions
   Initial Phase
   Transition Phase
   Acceleration Phase
   Entrapment Phase

Appendix D
Equipment Found at H-2 and the Fatalities Site

Appendix E
Fire Policy, Directives, and Guides

Gallery of Cramer Fire Report Images

Accident Prevention Plan

OIG Investigation

OIG FOIA Response, February, 2005

2nd FOIA Request to OIG, April, 2006

2nd OIG FOIA Response, August, 2006, (1.4 mb, Adobe .pdf file)

OSHA Investigation

OSHA Cramer Fire Briefing Paper
 • Summary and ToC
 • Sections I-IV
 • Sections V-VII
 • Section VIII
 • Acronyms/Glossary

OSHA South Canyon Fire Briefing Paper

Letter to District Ranger, June 19, 2003

OSHA Investigation Guidelines

OSHA News Release

 • OSHA Citation 1
 • OSHA Citation 2
 • OSHA Citation 3

USFS Response


HFACS—"Swiss cheese" model of Accident Causation

Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word versions of documents related to the Cramer Fire can be downloaded from the U.S. Forest Service website.


Freedom of Information Act request, re: Cramer Fire

April 4, 2006

Kent Maxwell
Colorado Firecamp, Inc.
9008 County Road 240
Salida, CO 81201

USDA, Office of Inspector General
Room 441-E Jamie Whitten Bldg - Legal Staff
1400 Independence Avenue SW.
Washington, DC 20250-2308

On behalf of Colorado Firecamp under the Freedom of Information Act, I am requesting access to the Report of Investigation File No. SF-899-92 which is identified in USDA OIG Audit Report 08601-42-SF as pertaining to the 2003 Cramer Fire near North Fork, Idaho on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

The audit report states:

"An OIG investigative report on the 2003 Cramer Fire observed that one of the national contract crews had 17 members, including the crew boss, who did not speak English."

This appears to be a different and perhaps more complete investigative report than was delivered to Congress on February 5, 2005 as required by Public Law 107-203.

Colorado Firecamp is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, wildland firefighter school. For the purposes of fee determination, I request classification as an educational institution conducting scholarly research. If there are any fees charged for copying the records, please supply the records without informing me of the cost if the fees do not exceed $50, which I agree to pay.

If you deny any part of this request, please cite each specific reason that you think justifies your refusal to release the information.

Please notify me of appeal procedures available under the law. If you have any questions processing this request, you may contact me at the following telephone number: (719) 539-9329.


Kent Maxwell
Kent Maxwell, coordinator
Colorado Firecamp, Inc.
"keeping quality in qualification"

(719) 539-9329 (work)
(719) 539-2730 (fax)

9008 County Road 240
Salida, CO 81201

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