Forest Service Firefighter Dies While Working Modoc Co. Fire

Jun 11, 2013 10:37 AM

The Modoc County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a U.S. Forest Service firefighter was killed while fighting a lightning fire in the South Warner Wilderness area Monday.

The incident happened around 5:00 p.m.

Officials say a 28-year-old smokejumper, based in Redding, parachuted into the area with two other firefighters to battle the fire. A fallen tree limb is apparently what caused the smokejumper's fatal injury.

His name has not yet been released.


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