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Frye Fire Streptococcus Incident

Incident: Frye Fire Wildfire
Released: 6/22/2017

Frye Fire

Streptococcus Incident

INCIDENT NAME: Frye Fire AZ-CNF-000467

  1. The Frye Fire began with a lightning strike on June 7, 2017 on Mount Graham. The Las Cruces Type 3 Team assumed command of the assignment on June 10th from the Coronado National Forest. On June 16, 2017 at approximately 0630 – Several crewmembers reported an illness to the Las Cruces Type 3 Team. Crewmembers complained of unidentified illness with sore throat, aches, chills and fever. Med Unit Staff took vitals on all patients and confirmed fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. They inspected each individual’s throat and saw redness and pustules in the back of their mouths. Med Unit Staff administered acetaminophen, cough drops, and recommended they seek medical attention at the local hospital. Crew begins to travel to Safford, AZ. at recommendation of Med Unit staff, Crew seeks care at Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center (MGRC).

    Initial conversations revolved around source of transmission and how to take action to prevent further spread of illness. Agreement occurred between the outgoing type 3 IC and the incoming type 2 IC that transmission was likely through a common source and further precautions and investigations is warranted.

  2. The following actions were taken by the Las Cruces Type 3 Team, :

  1. Upon Team 3 accepting the assignment, on approximately Friday, June 16, 2017 1230 hours, the Agency Administrator’s also notified the IC of the emerging illness that was rapidly spreading through the spike camp.

  2. Ongoing actions

  1. The Incident Command System is designed in a way that allows expansion and contraction. With that flexibility the team was able to create a Group designated to come up with a plan to treat and care for those infected and ensure spread was minimal. Creating this separate dedicated Incident Health Group allows the Type 2 IMT to also concentrate on the planning and implementation of the strategies for regular fire operations.

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Coronado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
300 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
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Phone: 928-428-4150

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