Incident Name: Hatchery Fire on the Tonto National Forest
Personnel: 2 lives lost
Agency/Organization: private company under contract with the USFS
Constantine (Corky) Kodz, 32, FS Fire observer
Arthur G. Goodnow, 40, Pilot
The two aerial firefighters from Payson AZ were killed when their single-engine Cessna 180 "spotter plane" brushed wings with T-34, another plane acting as spotter, above the Hatchery lightning fire burning on the rugged Mogollon Rim. One of the planes had been relieving the first when the collision occurred. The Cessna 180 plummeted into the forest 1/2 mile east of one of the hottest spots on the 400-acre Hatchery Fire. T-34, with its pilot and air-ops/fire control officer, limped back to Payson Airport and landed safely.
1/4 mi east of the old Horton Creek Rd, approximately 16 mi northeast of Prescott; the Hatchery fire was lightning caused, in the Dick Williams Creek area southeast of Tonto Fish Hatchery and was about 400 acres when the accident occurred.
Discussion of location (just found this, 12/8/11)
- Memorial at the old Payson Station (now a museum)
“Dedicated to Firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our magnificent Mogollon Rim Country.”
- Constantine (Corky) Kodz, FS Employee 6/21/61 Hatchery Fire air crash
- Arthur G. Goodnow, Pilot 6/21/61 Hatchery Fire
- Loss of Corky Kodz and Art Goodnow
- Wildlandfire.com: Memorials and Monuments
- Two streets in Payson are named after Corky Kodz and Arthur Goodnow.
- US Forest Service Heroes page: Constantine (Corky) Kodz | Arthur G. Goodnow
Contributors to this article: Mike Johns, John Miller
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