Lightning strike injures three firefighters

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Three wildland firefighters injured by a lightning strike were treated at a hospital Tuesday. The firefighters were working on the Frazier One fire on the Los Padres National Forest in southern California when lightning struck about 50 feet away. They were not hit directly, but the jolt left them disoriented and they had ringing in their ears. The firefighters were flown to a hospital where they are listed in stable condition. They could be released as early as Tuesday night.

Here are some lightning-caused injuries that we have reported on over the last several years:

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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.