Autopsy this week on firefighter killed in Calif. blaze

Aug 3, 2015 2:13 AM by Ross Field

LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says an autopsy to determine the cause of death of a firefighter found dead during the initial attack against a fire in the Modoc National Forest will be conducted this week.

The service says that as part of the autopsy to determine Engine Capt. David Ruhl's cause of death, lab tests will be conducted and that it may take up to five weeks to know the results.

Ruhl was in a vehicle Thursday, looking for ways to fight the blaze, when officials lost contact with him. His body was recovered Friday.

The service says another step in the investigation will be to determine how the fatality occurred and what lessons can be learned.

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