3 Calif. firefighters hurt while battling wildfire

Cal Fire officials said the firefighters were moving away from a falling tree while battling the Buzzard fire when they were injured

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif.  — Three firefighters were injured Sunday while battling a wildfire.

KSBW reported that over 50 Cal Fire firefighters were responding to the Buzzard fire when three firefighters were injured while moving away from a falling tree.

The firefighters were treated by paramedics at the scene before they were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Cal Fire Division Chief Jonathan Cox told Mercury News the injuries appear to have been caused by a “snag,” or a standing dead tree that is at a higher risk of falling in a fire.

Cox said all three firefighters were released from the hospital with minor to moderate injuries.

The cause of the wildfire is currently under investigation.


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