(UPDATED at 11:55 p.m. MST December 14, 2017)
CAL FIRE has released the name of the firefighter that was killed on the Thomas Fire in Southern California today.
CAL FIRE officials hold a press conference after the death of firefighter Cory Iverson in the Thomas Fire.
(Originally published at 3:26 p.m. MST December 14, 2017)
A firefighter from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection was killed today while battling the huge Thomas Fire in Southern California. The family has been notified but no details have been released except that the victim was a male Engineer from the San Diego County unit.
“I am very saddened to report that a firefighter fatality has occurred on the Thomas Incident,” Chief Ken Pimlott, the director of CAL FIRE, said in a statement. “The incident is still unfolding, but in this world of fast moving information, it is important to me that only factual information be shared. To that end, I can confirm a fatality of a CAL FIRE Engineer from the San Diego Unit has occurred. IMT 4, CAL FIRE Local 2881, and Southern Region leadership are working to support the Unit and his family, who have been notified.
“More details will be made available as they are confirmed.”
Our sincere condolences go out to the Engineer’s family, friends, and co-workers.
Since the Thomas Fire started on December 4 it has burned 242,000 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. A few days after the fire started a civilian was killed in a vehicle accident during the evacuation.