WPR News
10:27 am
Thu September 28, 2006

Little Venus Fire Report: Shelters Saved Firefighters' Lives

Jackson, WY – Training and emergency fire shelters likely saved the lives of ten firefighters who were overwhelmed by a
forest fire last summer.
That's according to a peer review report for the incident, which happened at the Little Venus fire in the Washakie Wilderness between Jackson and Dubois.
The report suggests using the incident as an example in firefighter briefings.
The document paints a frightening picture. The ten firefighters
had to huddle under lightweight foil blankets for about an hour as flames engulfed the forest around them.
One firefighter had slight burns and three were treated at a hospital. But the firefighters were mostly unharmed.
The report was dedicated to the memory of one of the firefighters, who survived the ordeal only to be killed in a
firefighting helicopter crash in Idaho in August.