USFA: Wildland Firefighter Succumbs to Injuries

Inmate firefighter was struck in the head by a falling boulder

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Inmate Firefighter Shawna Lynn Jones, 22, of CAL FIRE on February 26, 2016.

Inmate Firefighter Jones was working as part of a hand crew in a steep ravine on a fire in Agoura Hills-Malibu, California, when a large rock fell about 100 feet from the hillside above and struck her in the head. Firefighter Jones was treated immediately on scene by her fellow firefighters and quickly hoisted into a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter then airlifted to UCLA Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries the following day. Thanks to firefighters on the ground combined with air attacks, the fire was brought under control and no structures were lost. Investigation into the cause of the fire continues by local and state authorities.

Tribute is being paid to Inmate Firefighter Shawna Lynn Jones at

To date, 11 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.


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