National Interagency Fire Center officials urged firefighters nationwide to step off the lines for an hour Friday to review safety practices. The unusual order comes after two firefighters were killed in two separate Northern California fires.
Andy Palmer, 18, a resident of Port Townsend, Wash., was killed by a falling tree in a fire in Trinity County.
Dan Packer, 49, was the chief of East Pierce Fire and Rescue, near Tacoma, Wash., and the immediate past president of Washington’s fire chiefs association. He died on the Klamath National Forest when his shelter failed to protect him as the fire burned over him.
NIFC official said in a memo to firefighters that a recent spike in accidents and injuries also was a concern.