Keith L. Lemmons

Keith L. Lemmons

Birth
Oregon, USA
Death 28 Aug 1983 (aged 27)
California, USA
Burial Portland, Washington County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 161302862 · View Source
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I have known Keith since the 4th grade. He LOVED life! He was so excited to work for the Forest Service as a firefighter and was looking forward to learn to parachute. Keith went to Nevada to fight a fire that started when someone threw a lit cigarette out. When the winds changed it entrapped him burning most of his body. He lived only a day in the hospital. You deserve so much better and I will always remember that smile you had on your face! You were my classmate, usher in my wedding, good friend and just a plain nice guy to be around. We miss you Keith

Keiths Viewpoint:
http://www.samtsai.com/lemmons-viewpoint-columbia-river-gorge-national-scenic-area.html

http://wlfalwaysremember.org/incident-lists/366-keith-lemmons.html

Incident Name: Mound House Fire
Date: incident 8/27/83, approximately 1500-1529 hours; death date 8/28/83
Personnel: Keith Lemmons, Alaska BLM
Age: 27
Agency/Organization: Bureau of Land Management
Position: firefighter; Dragon Wagon Attack Unit crew member

Summary: On August 27, 1983, Keith Lemmons of Alaska BLM was on a detail to Carson City District BLM, fighting the 3000-acre Mound House Fire east of Carson City, NV. Lemmons was part of a Dragon Wagon Attack Unit, comprised of Dragon Wagon and Chase Truck. He was entrapped when he became separated in the smoke from his Chase Truck, and winds that had been blowing to the south in excess of 28 mph suddenly changed to a northeast direction. Human factors played a large part in the entrapment. Communications failed. Keith had no fire shelter with him and was unprotected as rapidly-shifting flame lengths of approximately 25-30 feet blew horizontally, burning Keith. He was life-flighted to a hospital in Reno where he died the next day.


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  • Maintained by: mizlorri
  • Originally Created by: PassingTime
  • Added: 19 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 161302862
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Keith L. Lemmons (31 Mar 1956–28 Aug 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161302862, citing Finley-Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Portland, Washington County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by mizlorri (contributor 47186006) .