YREKA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a firefighter who died on Saturday while scouting a Northern California blaze is likely a fire chief from Washington state.
Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Susan Gravenkamp said Sunday that investigators believed the firefighter
was 49-year-old Daniel Packer of Lake Tapps, Wash.
Gravenkamp said the 250-acre fire was preventing crews from
recovering the body to make a positive identification but that several other firefighters who escaped from the scene identified the victim as Packer.
Klamath National Forest spokesman Duane Lyons said a U.S. Forest
Service team would arrive Monday to investigate the cause of his
Eighteen-year-old Washington state firefighter Andrew Palmer died Friday after he was hit by a falling tree while battling another Northern California wildfire.
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