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Firefighter Killed by Falling Tree

by Bill Gabbert |

Another wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service has died in the line of duty. Early Sunday morning the agency announced that at approximately 5:30 p.m. on August 8 two firefighters were struck by a falling tree during the initial attack on a new fire, the Sierra Fire, in the Lake Tahoe area of California. One of them was killed and the other was treated and released from a hospital. The fire is in a remote area between the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the El Dorado National Forest.

This is the second USFS firefighter to die on a wildfire in California in the last 10 days. On July 30 David Ruhl was entrapped by a fire and killed during the initial attack on the Frog Fire on the Modoc National Forest in northeast California.