Redding Smokejumper Killed Fighting Lightning Fire Indentified

Jun 11, 2013 11:48 AM

(UPDATE) 11:41 a.m.-The Smokejumper who died fighting a lightning fire yesterday has been identified as 28-year-old Luke Sheehy of Susanville, according to a release from the US Forest Service. Sheehy was a member of the California Smokejumpers based out of Redding.

Sheehy was reportedly struck by a falling portion of a tree on the Saddle Back Fire in the South Warner Wilderness roughly 15 miles southeast of Alturas. The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. as previously reported. Efforts to resuscitate Sheehy were not successful, and he was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Alturas where he was pronounced dead.

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 smoke jumper's fatal injury. His name has not yet been released.


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