Four California National Guard members on the Bear Fire rescued with helicopter hoist

They were working as a hand crew in a remote location east of Oroville, California

October 5, 2020   |   1:46 p.m. PDT

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Map shows the location of the CHP helicopter October 4, 2020 shortly before extracting the four National Guard personnel on the Bear Fire, part of the North Complex of fires in Northern California. The location is based on the coordinates displayed on the CHP video.

Four members of the California National Guard serving as wildland firefighters were rescued by a helicopter hoist.

It happened on a steep slope Sunday afternoon, October 4, 2020 on the Bear Fire, part of the North Complex of fires 18 air miles east of Oroville.

A California Highway Patrol Helicopter, H20, picked up a Nevada County Fire Helicopter Rescue Technician who was inserted via hoist to facilitate the extraction of the firefighters north of the South Fork of the Feather River. All four firefighters were hoisted and transported to a waiting Butte County ambulance for transport to Oroville Hospital. All are expected to make a full recovery, according to the CHP.

The CHP reported that the guard members had “extremity and heat related injuries.” CBS Sacramento said the personnel were treated for injuries to their legs and heat exhaustion.

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Screenshot from video of the hoist rescue of firefighters

More than 600 California National Guard members are assisting with the wildfires in the state. The four that were extracted were part of a hand crew working in a remote location.

The crew was working on the portion of the North Complex that is being managed by CAL FIRE.

We have left messages with the agency to obtain more information. When we hear back we will update this article.

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Tom.