North Carolina and Canadian men die in vegetation fires

A man in Mitchell County, North Carolina died after he tried to put out a fire that escaped from his trash burning project. The unidentified man died as firefighters arrived at the scene. Few other details about the incident, which happened on Friday, April 1, are available.

A second fatality

Fire officials still have not released the name of the individual that was found on Wednesday, March 30, dead in the middle of a 2-acre fire 15 km north of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  When firefighters first arrived at the fire, they were told by a neighbor that the owner of the property was missing.

UPDATE at 2:20 p.m. April 3:

A third fatality

Geeze–what’s going on? A third fatality of a civilian on a vegetation fire has been reported by WSB TV in Georgia:

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A body was found in a brush fire in Forsyth County Saturday, investigators said. Forsyth County Police Capt. Jason Shivers confirmed to Channel 2 that a body was found as firefighters battled a brush and structure fire near Chamblee Gap Road.

Channel 2 Action News reporter Tony Thomas said that one home was destroyed in the fire.

The Forsyth County Fire Department and the Georgia Forestry were both fighting the fire that covers 5- 8 acres.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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  1. In the southeast this week, temps have been in the mid-80s to low 90s this week. The heat plus the exertion and stress of trying to put out a escaped burn pile have been known to cause heart attacks.


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