In a news conference late today officials announced that two firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD) died today in a vehicle accident while working on the Station fire near Mt. Gleason in southern California. The accident happened earlier this afternoon, and the families of the fallen firefighters have been notified, they said at the news conference.
Details about the accident were not provided, but television footage showed a truck that had rolled over.
At 6:52 p.m. PT the LACFD Tweeted:
lacfd *Station IC* Report of fire department vehicle over the side 400+ feet with unknown outcome. Copters unable to get in to search. Keep them in our prayers.
Our sincere condolences to the families and co-workers of the firefighters.
We will update this as more information becomes available.