Falling Tree Kills Firefighter In California

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - Federal forest officials say an 18-year-old firefighter has died after being struck by a tree.

Andrew Jackson Palmer was fatally injured Friday while working on the Eagle Fire near Junction City, about 50 miles west of Redding.

A U.S. Forest spokesman say Palmer died while en route to a Redding hospital on a U.S. Coast Guard medivac helicopter.

Palmer was a firefighter from Olympic National Park based in Port Angeles, Wash.

The Forest Service and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating his death.

The Eagle fire is one of more than 2,000 fires ignited during a massive lightening storm June 21.

Information from: Record Searchlight, http://redding.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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