Two Firefighters Injured While Battling Thomas Fire
Two firefighters were injured while battling the Thomas Fire on Sunday.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown confirmed the injuries at a public meeting on Sunday afternoon. He said both firefighters sustained minor injuries while fighting the blaze. One was airlifted to the hospital due to the remote location, while the other was treated at Incident Command.
According to the Ventura County Aviation Unit, one firefighter was injured Sunday afternoon in Rose Valley, near Ojai. They were responsible for airlifting the injured firefighter out of the hazardous area.
“These firefighters have been battling the Thomas Fire going on weeks now, in very unforgiving wind and terrain,” the Aviation Unit wrote on Twitter.
Further details were on the injuries not immediately available.
This adds a total of three reported firefighters injured and one fatality while battling the Thomas Fire. 32-year-old Cory Iverson died from burns and smoke inhalation while on the front lines near Fillmore.
The first reported firefighter injury took place on December 10th at 7:00 a.m. where a firefighter from Redding, CA suffered a fracture to his lower leg. He was transported to the hospital and was reportedly in good spirits before returning home. Below is a video of the rescue operation as he was lifted into a helicopter by the Ventura County Air Unit.
— VenturaCoAirUnit (@VCAirUnit) December 13, 2017