On July 10, 2001, high temperatures, low humidity and severe drought conditions caused an abandoned cooking fire to ultimately erupt into a devastating firestorm that swept up the Chewuch River valley, trapping 14 firefighters and two campers. Four dedicated firefighters perished in a valiant effort to battle the Thirtymile Fire. We honor their lives by continuing their work. We Will Never Forget.
Thirtymile Fire Memorial was constructed at the site where Jessica Johnson, Devin Weaver, Karen FitzPatrick and Tom Craven died in the Chewuch River valley on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests, as a lasting honor to their memory.
Sourced from USDA Forest Service (https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsbdev3_053406.pdf)
Photos provided by Johnny Valdovinos
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