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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Citizen LODD: Found Dead Fighting Wildfire With Tractor.


  A 59 year old Cambria man was found dead by Cal Fire crews Tuesday afternoon.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says it all started when Cal Fire responded to a brush fire in the 5000 block of Santa Rosa Creek Road in Cambria.
Upon arrival, they located Wade Lee Rhoades of Cambria who was unresponsive. Deputies say Rhoades had collapsed on a tractor he had been using to fight the fire prior to the arrival of Cal Fire.
Cal Fire says they immediately began medical aid, but efforts to revive him failed.
The cause of death is still to be determined by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Coroner investigators.
The fire burned less than a quarter of an acre and was started by a rancher welding corral fencing on the property adjacent to the road.

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