Panther Fire Claims Second Firefighter

More bad news coming out of the fires in Northern California. Now that the victim has been identified I will post the article.  Still more details to come, but from what I understand the body has been located but not yet recovered.    –UPDATE BELOW–

Siskiyou County and U.S. Forest Service officials, unable to provide information earlier in the day about the identity of the firefighter they say was killed Saturday in the Klamath National Forest, now believe Daniel Packer, chief of the East Pierce Fire and Rescue in Washington, to be the probable victim.

KOMO 4 TV in Seattle was the first to identify Packer as the second firefighter to die in the north state in two days.

Duane Lyon, of the U.S. Forest Service confirmed that Susan Gravenkamp, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s information officer, would soon be releasing the information about Packer. Gravenkamp stressed that tests still need to be conducted to be absolutely sure of the victim’s identity, Lyon said.

Packer went missing Saturday while working on the Panther Fire south of Happy Camp and is presumed dead, according to a story posted today at KOMONEWS.COM.

“A friend of the family told us that his body has not been recovered, but they were sure enough of the death to notify the family,” said KOMO reporter Lloyd Prichett.

Russ McCallion, battalion chief with East Pierce Fire and Rescue, told KOMO that Packer is missing but has not been confirmed dead.

Packer’s family could not be reached.

This makes the second firefighter from Washington to have died while fighting lightning-caused wildland fires in the north state.

Andrew Jackson Palmer, 18, a firefighter with the Olympic National Park was killed by a falling tree while fighting the Eagle Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.


The remains of a firefighter who died battling the Panther Fire have been retrieved and the Washington man’s identity has been confirmed, a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s dispatcher said this morning.

Daniel Bruce Packer, 49, of Lake Tapps, Wash., died while working on the blaze about 15 miles south of Happy Camp in southwestern Siskiyou County. The U.S. Forest Service reported the death Saturday, but the fire’s intensity and limited visibility kept crews from recovering or positively identifying Packer’s body until Sunday, sheriff’s dispatcher Dennis Moser said today.

A Forest Service ground team lead by a Siskiyou County sheriff’s deputy was able to reach the site by 6 p.m. Sunday, sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan Gravenkamp said that evening. A ground team was expected to carry Packer’s body from the fire area to the nearest road, a job estimated to take three hours, she said Sunday.

An autopsy will be scheduled for early this week.


6 Responses

  1. That’s some very sad news. My sympathies to Mr. Packer’s family if he has indeed lost his life (I’m hoping that he’s okay somewhere).

  2. He’s deceased Swamps. Update up top.

    My sympathies also. I was hoping for a better outcome.

  3. Well, dang.

    Did that earthquake reach y’all up north?

  4. Didn’t feel anything. Where was it?

  5. Oh……REAL FUNNY!!! :mrgreen:

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