Safety Warning 22-01: Hazard Tree Awareness for Strategic Decision Makers
Two fatalities caused by tree strikes occurred in August 2022 on the Big Swamp and Rum Creek fires in Southwest Oregon. Neither event was related to tree felling operations. Both involved fire weakened green trees.

Agency Administrators, Incident Commanders, Incident Safety Officers, Strategic Planners, Operation Section Chiefs, Resource Advisors and Duty Officers should engage in regular and ongoing risk assessments before, during, and after deciding to commit to strategies that place personnel under tree canopy. It is recognized that a zero-risk strategy is not possible in the wildland fire environment.
Crew of firefighters wearing PPE and carrying packs walking into a stand of tall pine trees.
Safety Warning 22-01
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