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Monday, July 27, 2015

Four Firefighters Hurt Battling Lowell Fire During Burn-over, Fire Engine Damaged Also

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.


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