11-20-1956 Edwin D. Bass
Forest Fires Rage In South; One Fatality San Bernardino, Caljf. - Ml An uncontrolled, wind-whipped fire which has blackened more than 4,400 acres.of brush and cilrus groves and deslfoyed three ranch homes and numerous other ranch buildings claimed its first life today. Fire headquarters said Edwin D. Bass, 27, Riverside, a bulldozer operator, died this morning in * St. Bernardino's hospital of burns suffered when he was trapped by flames about 15 miles from a sudden shift of V. a here after wind. ' Bass and two other fire fighters, J. E. Luker, Cplton, and Rjidy Marlines from the-U. fire service camp at Del Rosa, becSm'e^tr'apped' on the we'si fire line Monday night.' Luker and Marlines also were hos- pita'llied'with burns,-but hos- pilal'officials said Iheir condition was-not'scribjis. ,Winds hilling: 70 miles-per hour fanned a small-brush into a raging blaze albng Creek Monday. It jumped a highway and burned into and Sand Creek canyons. ..Dick. Johnson, fire prevention officer for the San Bernardino National Forest, said winds in the fire area had calmed this morning and if favorable weather conditions continued, there was hope of controlling the fire by 10 a. Wednesday. More than 800 men were on the fire lines today.