Friday, 15 December 2017

California firefighter dies as Thomas blaze rages, Fire chief Ken Pimlott says

A California firefighter has been killed by a wildfire burning across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Fire chief Ken Pimlott said the victim was apparatus engineer Cory Iverson, 32, a father-of-one whose wife is pregnant with a second child.

Iverson was part of a crew battling the Thomas Fire, one of six major blazes currently raging in the state.

The Thomas fire has grown to 379 square miles (981 sq km), becoming the fourth-largest in California's history.

It has destroyed more than 900 properties, including 729 homes, two residential apartment blocks, two hotels and 18 other commercial properties, and scorched an area the size of New York and Paris combined.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) did not give out any more details about Iverson's death, but it followed reports earlier in the day of a fire unit being overrun by the blaze near the town of Fillmore.

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