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Firefighter Dies While Battling Fire near Yosemite Park

Cal Fire says a firefighter has died while battling the “Ferguson Fire” on the Sierra National Forest in Mariposa County.

Posted: Jul. 14, 2018 1:17 PM
Updated: Jul. 14, 2018 1:18 PM

MARIPOSA COUNTY, Calif. - Cal Fire says a firefighter has died Saturday while battling the “Ferguson Fire” on the Sierra National Forest in Mariposa County.


According to Cal Fire, Braden Varney, a heavy fire equipment operator serving the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit, was killed in the line of duty.


The fire agency tweeted the news Saturday saying “It is with deep sadness that we share the news that @CALFIREMMU Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney was tragically killed while battling the Ferguson Fire. Braden leaves behind a wife & two small children. Please join us in keeping Braden's loved ones in your thoughts.”

Varney was just 36-years-old and is survived by his wife and two young children, said Cal Fire.


The circumstances to the death were not immediately released.

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