Susanville firefigther dies working Modoc County fire
A Susanville man died Monday, June 10 as a result of injuries sustained on a wildfire on the Modoc National Forest, according to a press release from the United States Forest Service.
Luke Sheehy, 28, a member of the California Smokejumpers, based out of Redding, was struck by a falling portion of a tree on the Saddle Back Fire in the South Warner Wilderness about 15 miles southeast of Alturas, Calif.
The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. according to the press release.
Efforts to resuscitate Sheehy were not successful and he was flown by helicopter to an Alturas Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the Forest Service.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this brave young smokejumper who lost his life yesterday working with his team to control a blaze on the Modoc National Forest,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We are launching a full review into this cause of his death to learn everything we can to prevent future tragedies like this.”
The Saddle Back Fire is one of several dozen lightning-caused fires that began on multiple national forests throughout Northern California Sunday and Monday.
Several U.S. Forest Service firefighters remain on scene suppressing the fire.
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