Incident Date: August 21, 1937
Department: Civilian Conservation Corps, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management
Number of Line-of-Duty Deaths: 15
A lightning strike started this wildland fire near Cody, Wyoming. This devastating fire left 38 firefighters injured and 15 dead. Eleven of the fatalities were Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees from Texas, two were U.S. Forest Service rangers, and one was a member of the Bureau of Public Roads. The Civilian Conservation Corps was a public work relief program created during the Franklin Roosevelt Administration to offset Depression unemployment. Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees worked on conservation projects and fought as wildland firefighters when needed. They typically worked under a ranger or other land manager with firefighting experience.
Crews were working to contain the fire when a weather system caused the fire to expand explosively, trapping the men before they could escape.
Killed in the Blackwater Fire
- The Wyoming State Historical Society: The Deadly Blackwater Fire
- Forest Army Blog: Remembering the Civilian Conservation Corps
- National Wildfire Coordinating Group: Collection of Historical Photographs from the Blackwater Fire
- National Wildfire Coordinating Group:Staff Ride to the Blackwater Fire
- Wildfire Today: Blackwater Fire of 1937 Remembered
- Wildfire Today: Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Blackwater Fire
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Memorial Monday is established to remember the sacrifice of firefighters who died in the line of duty before the National Memorial was created in 1981. On the last Monday of every month, a firefighter, or groups of firefighters, will be remembered through information located about the firefighter and their sacrifice.
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