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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.


U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 201
Boise, ID  83706
Telephone:     (208) 321-2960
FAX:             (208) 321-2966

December 15, 2004

Kent Maxwell
Colorado Firecamp, Inc.
9008 Cty. Rd. 240
Salida, CO  81201

Re: FOIA request, inspection # 117886150

Dear Mr. Maxwell

This is in response to your request for material from the U.S. Forest Service Challis National Forest inspection file under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Please find enclosed copies of all of the documents from the case file that the agency has determined releasable under the FOIA. You will notice that certain documents have information left out which permits withholding under the Act [5 USC 552(b)(3)]. The exemptions and information withheld are Exemptions 7c and 7d, which protect personal information in law enforcement files: employee (i.e., not management) identifying information and the identity of the inspector.

Should you desire a review of this determination, you may file an appeal within 90 days from the date of this letter stating in writing the grounds for your appeal. The appeal must be addressed to the Solicitor of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20210. Please clearly indicate on the envelope and contents "FOIA Appeal."

/s/ Karen Dunlop
Jerrold R. Hockett
Area Director



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