Susanville Smokejumper Killed By Falling Tree in Forest

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says a 28-year-old smokejumper has been killed while fighting a lightning-sparked fire in northeast California.

Fire Information Officer Stanton Florea said Luke Sheehy, of Susanville, was fatally injured by part of a falling tree in Modoc National Forest on Monday afternoon.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital about 15 miles away, in Alturas.

Sheehy was a member of the Redding-based California Smokejumpers, firefighters who parachute into remote areas from airplanes.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell says the agency will review the circumstances surrounding the death.

The Modoc fire was one of more than 60 fires that have broken out in the Sierra foothills and the north coast since Sunday as waves of dry lightning passed over the areas.

As of Tuesday afternoon, all of them had been contained.

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