The Angeles National Forest and Cleveland National Forest hosted a public event to commemorate the victims of the tragic Loop Fire.
The event took place on Nov. 1 at the El Cariso Regional Park in Sylmar. U.S. Forest Service Director of Fire and Aviation Management Shawna Legaraza was the guest speaker, along with several other high-level fire professionals from Cal Fire, L.A County Fire Department, and Los Angeles City Fire Department.
The Loop Fire occurred in the Angeles National Forest on November 11, 1966. Twelve members of the El Cariso Hotshots lost their lives in the line of duty. Among the fallen were men as young as 18 years old.
The Loop Fire was an historic event resulting in safety protocols still used today for guidance on how to engage wildland fires.