Dale Bosworth, Chief
U.S. Forest Service
Fire Fighter Deaths and Injuries
Near Palm Springs, California
October 27, 2006
"It is with deep sorrow that we learn of the deaths of four firefighters from the San Bernardino National Forest in California. Another firefighter is being treated for serious burns, suffered while the crew was battling a wind-whipped wildfire that drove hundreds of people from their homes. My heartfelt sympathies go out to these families, friends and loved one affected by this tragedy."
"This incident reminds all of us that firefighting is a dangerous business. Our firefighters' and the public's safety is and always will be our first priority."