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    I was asked the other day by a person at work (i am a volunteer) why they are calling the fire in Calif. a station fire. what is the answer.
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    Most wildland fires are named by a geographical land mark.
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    I believe it was named that because it started just down the street from one of the Angeles National Forest fire stations. Close by the station, so why not call it the Station Fire.

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    Considering that there already was a deadly fire incident that is referred to as "The Station Fire" you would think that the powers that be could have come up with another name if possible. (By no means diminishing the damage or sacrifice involved in the CA. incident.)

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    The fire may have been named by a Lookout, air patrol, dispatch or the initial attack IC. As stated before it's usually by a landmark. The main reason for naming a fire is for billing purposes and resource management especially if you have multiple fires happening.
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    I was always told that fires are named for nearby "drainages"... creeks, rivers, canyons... etc. I guess that might be old information, or the old way...

    It's not uncommon for fires in certain areas of the country to get named the same every few years.

    I mean how many of you wildland guys have been to a "Happy Camp Fire"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    I was always told that fires are named for nearby "drainages"... creeks, rivers, canyons... etc. I guess that might be old information, or the old way...

    It's not uncommon for fires in certain areas of the country to get named the same every few years.

    I mean how many of you wildland guys have been to a "Happy Camp Fire"?

    Chief, you corrrect in using the drainage name etc. Here we can use the same name the next year. Some fires get named different things for different reasons, I named a fire the dead repeater fire after the repeater site that got hit by lightning, should have named it the Blacktail fire. The fire was just downslope from the Blacktail repeater. Dead repeater seem more approprate. Some fires do get the names changed due to not being pc enough. The Chippy Creek fire was orignally call the Seeman Creek fire.

    Never been to a Happy Camp fire but I've been to a Camp Misery in the Jewel Basin.
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    generally in Forestry (wildland) circles, the fires are named for a landmark in the area, drainages, canyons, streets, etc. Though I have seen fires named for something in the area, automobiles, the ranch it was on, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFDSTA1 View Post
    Considering that there already was a deadly fire incident that is referred to as "The Station Fire" you would think that the powers that be could have come up with another name if possible. (By no means diminishing the damage or sacrifice involved in the CA. incident.)
    I would guess the station wildfire was named such long before it became a major incident.

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    Typical in California- assigned a name associated with the the origin or close geographic location. Some think like the 91 freeway would be called "91 command" and transform into the "91 Incident". Or the recent "Freeway Fire" turned into the "Freeway Complex" as it was started near the freeway.

    Also typical is a street name- "Smith Command", etc.

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