Room for Three?
One Fire Shelter = One Firefighter and Two Civilians
The Division Group Supervisor (DIVS1) is driving on a dead-end back road when the Kincade Fire cuts him off in both directions. He is entrapped. He radios for bucket drops and declares an Incident Within an Incident.
Preparing for a burn over, he uses a fusee to burn out a larger area of refuge from the approaching fire.
Suddenly, a pick-up truck with two civilians—wearing t-shirts and pants—arrive at this imperiled location.
They have one fire shelter for three people.
To learn the lessons and what happens next, read this “Fire Shelter Deployment” Green Sheet:
This isn’t the first time that civilians have been required to share a wildland firefighter’s fire shelter.
On the fatal 2001 Thirtymile Fire, when firefighters were entrapped, two civilians also joined the imperiled firefighters and took shelter with one of the crewmembers.