The Mendocino Complex Fire challenge coin is 1-3/4″ in diameter and nickel plated with hard enamel. The front to the coin shows the two fires that make up the Mendocino Complex which started July 27, 2018. The back shows a 747 Tanker dropping retardant on the blaze. By design this image is a special tribute and reminder to honor and never forget the sacrifice made by Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett during this intense fire fight. The Edge of the coin is stamped “Draper City Fire Department, Utah – Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett”
The two fires that make up the Mendocino Complex are the Ranch Fire and the River Fire. Both of these fires started on July 27, 2018 in Ukiah and Hopland, CA. The Ranch Fire grew to 410,203 acres while the River Fire grew to 48,902 acres for a total of 459,123 acres making it the largest fire in California history to that date. The fire was managed by CALFIRE IMT 4 and later transitioned to California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (CIIMT 4). On August 13, 2018 Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett of the Draper City Fire Department in Utah was killed by a falling tree that was knocked down by a retardant drop from an Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT). Three other firefighters were injured in the accident as well. The fire is expected to reach final containment on September 16, 2018.
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