California Smokejumper deployed to wildfire, photo from California Smokejumpers
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - A 28-year firefighter assigned to a wildfire burning in the Modoc National Forest in northeast California was killed when part of a tree fell on him late Monday afternoon.
Luke Sheehy of Susanville was a California Smokejumper based out of Redding, said U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Stanton Florea.
Efforts to revive Sheehy were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at an Alturas hospital, Florea said.
California Smokejumpers are a division of the U.S. Forest Service. Members are skydiver/firefighters flown into fire incidents as part of initial firefighting tactics, according to the division's website.
The fire Sheehy was fighting, the Saddle Back Fire, broke out about 3 p.m. Monday and was believed to have been started by a lightning strike, Florea said.