Two Navajo Firefighters Injured in the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest

Rattlesnake Creek fire has burned

Published August 16, 2018

WINDOW ROCK — The Navajo Nation announced on Thursday, two Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew members were injured on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, while conducting fire suppression activities on the Rattlesnake Creek Fire, burning near Pollock, Idaho, in the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest.

The firefighters were removed from the fire line and transported to a hospital in McCall, Idaho. One firefighter was released to go home while the other was taken to a burn facility in Salt Lake City for additional care.

The Rattlesnake Creek fire, located on the west side of highway 95 near Pollock on the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests, was reported at 12:02 p.m. on July 23, 2018. The fire is actively burning in timber and grass. To date, it has destroyed about 4.000 acres. The fire has burnedd acres to the west along with some movement to the north and south along Highway 95.

“The bravery of our Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew impacts communities far beyond the Navajo Nation. In this instance, the hotshot crew was fighting a fire in Idaho when two members were injured,” Navajo Nation  President Russell Begaye said. “Our prayers go out to both firefighters. To the firefighter who sustained burn injuries, we pray for a speedy recovery.”

The Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew is based out of Fort Defiance. It is an experienced hand crew trained to work in rugged terrain. Crew members’ preparation and planning, along with having qualified Incident Management Team medical personnel on scene, resulted in a well implemented extraction.

President Begaye extends his gratitude to the Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew for its exemplary service in times of fire emergency.

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