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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.


Washington D.C. 20250

FEB 17 2005

Subject: Log No. 05-00035

Mr. Kent Maxwell
9008 County Road 240
Salida, CO 81201

Dear Mr. Maxwell

This letter responds to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA, 5 U.S.C. § 552) request sent by e-mail on December 27, 2004, for the “release of documents related to the Office of Inspector General investigation of the Cramer Fire, a U.S. Forest Service wild land fire near Salmon, Idaho on the Salmon-Challis National Forest that resulted in the death of Jeff Allen and Shane W. Heath.”

The Office of Inspector General's (OIG) investigative report on the Cramer Fire was recently completed on February 8, 2005. You can locate the report on the OIG Web site at We trust that this will be useful to you.

Please note that the OIG investigative file pertaining to the Cramer Fire is not releasable. OIG files retrieved by the name of individuals are contained in a system of records governed by the Privacy Act (PA), 5 U.S.C. § 552a. In this case, the case name is retrievable by several individuals' names. Subsection 552a(b) of the PA prohibits the release of information without the prior written consent of the persons to whom the records pertain.

You have the right to appeal the decision to withhold this information by writing to the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Suite 41-W, Washington, D.C. 20250-2308, within 45 days of the date of this letter. Please clearly mark the outside of your envelope with "FOIA APPEAL." Your appeal should include a copy of this letter and any other pertinent matters you deem appropriate.

For further information, you can contact our Freedom of Information Act Staff at (202) 720- 5677.

Sincerely yours,

FOIA/PA Attorney

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