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Thirty Mile fire boss sentenced

Daniels was facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter and seven counts of making false statements following the Thirty Mile Fire near Wenatchee in July 2001. Daniels was facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter and seven counts of making false statements following the Thirty Mile Fire near Wenatchee in July 2001.
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SPOKANE, Wash. - The fire crew boss indicted in the deaths of four young firefighters working the Thirty Mile Fire in July 2001 was sentenced in federal court Wednesday.

After reaching a plea deal with prosecutors, former U.S. Forest Service employee 47-year old Ellreese N. Daniels was sentenced to three years of probation and three months of work release.


Click here to read victim impact statements filed at Spokane Superior Court.

On the afternoon of July 10, 2001, Daniels was acting as the Crew Boss of the Northwest Regulars # 6 and the Incident Commander for the Thirtymile Fire that was burning in the Chewuch River Canyon on the Okanogan - Wenatchee National Forest.

Efforts by two Forest Service engines to extinguish spot fires along the Chewuch River Canyon Road triggered the re-engagement of the fire by Mr. Daniels and members of his hand crew.

Mr. Daniels and thirteen members of his crew became entrapped by the fire while attempting to suppress one of those spot fires. The fire burned over their position about fifty minutes later. Four Forest Service firefighters in Mr. Daniels' crew were killed and a fifth sustained serious burns during the burn over.

A federal grand jury previously returned an 11-count indictment against Daniels

Four counts of the indictment alleged that Daniels committed involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of the four firefighters. They were killed on July 10, 1001 while fighting the fire in the Chewuch River Canyon in Okanogan County.

Seven other counts charged Daniels with lying to the Forest Service and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration during the agencies' investigations.

Those charges were the same as the ones filed against Daniels in December 2006 in a criminal complaint. 

In a plea deal with prosectuors, Daniels pleaded guilty to two misdeanor charges of Making False Statements.

Each of the four involuntary manslaughter charges carried a maximum penalty of six years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of court supervision after release. Each of the seven false statement charges carried a maximum penalty of five years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years of court supervision after release.

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