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Thursday, December 14, 2017

#LODD #ThomasFire, Claims Life of CAL FIRE San Diego Unit Firefighter in Fillmore Area. #CAfire

#LODD #ThomasFire, 4th Largest Blaze in State’s History, Claims Life of Firefighter in Fillmore Area.

A Cal Fire engineer from the agency's CAL FIRE San Diego Unit has died in the Thomas Fire, which has burned 249,500 acres — about 390 square miles — in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties on Thursday, officials said.

The blaze, which was 35 percent contained as of Thursday evening, has cost about $82 million so far, according to authorities.

"I am very saddened to report that a firefighter fatality has occurred on the Thomas Incident," Chief Ken Pimlott said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

The engineer, 32-year-old Cory Iverson of Cal Fire's San Diego unit, was killed battling the fire's east flank alongside his strike team in Fillmore, officials said.

New evacuations were issued for the Fillmore area on Thursday afternoon, and a community meeting was planned in the small Ventura County community at 7:30 p.m. at Fillmore Middle School, 543 A St.

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