James E Ellis

A fire started by lightning in Arizona's Tonto National Forest was about 50% contained when six firefighters were overrun by rapid fire progress and died in the blaze.

Department Information

Arizona State Land Department
Pheonix, Arizona

James E Ellis was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 34 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Wildland Part-Time 
Incident Date: Jun 26, 1990 
Date of Death: Jun 26, 1990 
Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped 
Nature of Death: Burns 
Activity Type:  
Emergency Duty: No
Duty Type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed Property Use: