Four firefighters injured battling blaze in Sierra Nevada foothills Sunday
Four firefighters were burned Sunday while battling the Lowell Fire a wildfire that threatens 150 homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills.Update 2200: 2 CAL FIRE & 1 USFS likely to be treated & released tonight. 1 USFS w/serious burns at UCDMC.
Update 1700: 2 of the firefighters were from the USFS and 2 from CALFIRE, Metro Copter 2 flew three off the line to UCD. Another flown from ICP by Med Copter.
The four were injured at around 5 p.m. as they fought the hot, active northern end of the 2-square-mile blaze. They were airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, state fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.
Two CAL FIRE firefighters and a U.S. Forest Service member were expected to be treated and released. The fourth, also a federal firefighter, had serious but non-life-threatening injuries, Berlant said.
He had no details of how the firefighters were injured but said a fire engine was damaged.