2004 Tuolumne Fire

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September 20, 2004 Sonora, California --Tuolumne Fire –-  CDF engine 4474 with firefighter Eva Marie Schicke's casket leads the procession on Highway 49 from the funeral home in Sonora. The memorial service for the fallen firefighter was held at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.  The Tuolumne Fire was a small very fast-moving fire that started around noon on September 12, 2004 near Lumsden Bridge at the bottom of the Tuolumne River.  The fire moved rapidly up the 80-plus-degree slope catching Cal Fire Helitack firefighters, tragically killing firefighter Eva Marie Schicke and injuring five others.
Al Golub, Golub Photography al@golubphoto.com