Stand 5 - Pacoima Dam Road
Rescue operations began immediately after the burnover. These efforts included having the helicopter hover over very rugged terrain while the fire was still active in order to pickup the survivors in the upper end of the chimney canyon.
That evening the Del Rosa and Dalton Hotshot Crews went on to complete the handline down to the bottom of Pacoima Canyon using the ridge and indirect line location that was identified as the alternate strategy by Line Boss Masterson. The fire was contained that night at approximately 2000 acres.
A Washington Office investigation and safety review was ordered following this accident. Several recommendations from the investigation and safety review caused significant changes in wildland firefighting equipment and procedures.
Pacoima Dam Road offers a good perspective of the entire working area around the fatality site, making it a good location to conduct the integration phase of the staff ride by having participants share their observations at the end of the day.