Fifty years ago, on November 1, 1966, twelve members of the El Cariso Hotshots
lost their lives while fighting the “Loop Fire” on the Angeles National Forest.
To again honor those who
lost their lives and for those who survived, the Angeles and Cleveland National Forests will remember this tragedy with a
50 year “Loop Fire” Commemorative Service.
invited to attend the
El Cariso Hotshots 50 year
“Loop Fire” Commemorative Service
November 1, 2016 at
El Cariso Regional Park
13100 Hubbard Street
Sylmar, California 91342
Monday, October 31st will be a (Loop Fire) Staff Ride. Bob Garcia has confirmed that the NWCG
(National Wildfire Coordinating Group) Fire Leadership Group out of Boise, Idaho have committed to participating in the staff
ride and filming our comments. We have the opportunity to explain our actions at each stand at the Loop Fire Site. We
are trying to arrange a helicopter to transport us to stand 3 which is located at the last location before we dropped off
into the chute. All the 1966 El Cariso Hot Shots are welcome to attend even if you were not on the Loop Fire. I
hope all will attend.
This group will also film the entire Commemorative Service conducted at El Cariso
Regional Park on Tuesday, November 1st.
The staff ride will start at 09:00 Monday morning. A bus has been
arranged to take all on the staff ride and return you to the motel in the late afternoon. Staff ride is for Hotshots
only. Lunch will be provided. Hopefully everyone can get together at the end of the day and go out for dinner.
Good news you guys. A block of motels rooms have been reserved a few miles up the road off the Interstate 5
freeway. Be advised that all the rooms reserved for the El Cariso Hotshots will be paid courtesy of the Angeles
& Cleveland National Forests. What a great gift given to us.
After Bob Garcia gives me the name of the
motel, address and phone number I will contact each one of you. At that time you can call the motel and register for
your room. All wives are welcome. Hopefully the wives will get together and plan out their day and socialize.
For those of you who will be flying in need to fly in on Sunday, October 30th to be there in time for the 09:00
staff ride on Monday, October 31st.
It was discussed by the committee if you can to fly Southwest Airlines and
fly into Burbank Airport. Burbank airport is the nearest airport to the motel. Arrangements have been made for transportation
to pick you up and get you to the motel.
IMPORTANT: Please contact me with your arrival time so I can give
it to Bob Garcia for him to arrange for your pick-up.
If you cannot get a flight from Southwest Airlines please
let me know so we can make arrangements to pick you up and get you to the motel.
I will also try to get
you a telephone number to call the Angeles Forest.
Tuesday, November 1st, will be the
50-Year Loop Fire Commemorative Service at the El Cariso Regional Park at 11:00 a.m. A bus has been arranged to pick
you up at the motel and return you to the motel. After the Commemorative Service concludes, sandwiches will be provided. After
lunch approximately between 2:30 & 3:00 p.m. the bus will transport everyone up to the burn site. When concluded the bus
will transport everyone back to the motel.
For those of you had airlines flights, transportation will be arranged
to get you to the airport on Wednesday, November 2nd.
Please give me the departure times so arrangements can
I hope everyone will be able to attend.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact