Esperanza Fire

The Esperanza Fire was a wind-driven, arson-caused wildfire started on October 26, 2006, in a river wash near Cabazon, California, west of Palm Springs, California. By October 29, 2006, it burned over 61 square miles (160 kmĀ²) and was 85% contained. On October 30, 2006, the fire was fully contained.

Five firefighters were killed defending a vacant house locally known as the "Octagon" that was ultimately destroyed by the fire: Jason McKay, Jess McLean, Daniel Najera, Mark Loutzenhiser, and Pablo Cerda. In June 2009, Raymond Lee Oyler was sentenced to death for starting the fire.

Read more about Esperanza Fire:  Overview, Criminal Investigation, Effects, NASA Altair UAV Fire Mapping Mission

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San Bernardino National Forest - Esperanza Fire
... The five-member crew of Alandale Forest Fire Station's Engine 57 was killed at the Esperanza Fire, October 26, 2006 ... The fire was located near Beaumont, California in Riverside County ...
Esperanza Fire - NASA Altair UAV Fire Mapping Mission
... B) was launched on a 16-hour mission to map the perimeter of the fire ... The Altair had just returned from a test mission a day before the Esperanza Fire started ... The fire mapping research is a joint project with NASA and the US Forest Service ...
Cabazon, California - Esperanza Fire
... In late October 2006, a major arson fire started near Cabazon ... During the course of five days, the Esperanza Fire burned over 40,000 acres (160 km2) and resulted in the deaths of five firefighters, in whose memory California State Route 243 was named the Esperanza Firefighters ...

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