Helena Independent Record 8/21/2012
Excerpt: “An elite federal firefighting team declined to join efforts to douse a deadly northern Idaho wildfire last week, citing safety concerns on the day before a 20-year-old firefighter was killed.
Anne Veseth, of Moscow, was killed Aug. 12 when she was struck by a falling tree while battling the Steep Corner Fire near Orofino.
The Montana-based Flathead Hotshots team refused to engage the blaze on Aug. 11 after encountering what it described as poor communication among Idaho-based firefighters, some of whom had no protective clothing or shelters. That’s according to a report on SAFENET, an anonymous federal reporting system for wildland firefighters to document their concerns. …”