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14 FFs forced to deploy shelters, suffer injuries during Calif. wildfire

Firefighters suffered burns and smoke inhalation battling the Dolan Fire


By Laura French

Update Sept. 10, 2020: U.S. Forest Service officials said in an update Wednesday that all three firefighters airlifted following a burnover during the Dolan Fire are now in stable condition, according to the LA Times.

One firefighter was previously listed in critical condition, but their condition has since improved, according to Pacific Northwest Team 2 Public Information Officer Jacob Welsh.

Welsh said all three firefighters are recovering and doing well.

Update Sept. 9, 2020: Officials say a total of three firefighters were airlifted after fourteen firefighters were forced to deploy shelters while battling the Dolan Fire in California.

U.S. Forest Service officials said in an updated statement Tuesday that one of the firefighters remains in critical condition and the other two who were airlifted are in fair condition.

The Dolan Fire at Los Padres National Forest has burned more than 93,000 acres and was 20% contained as of Wednesday morning.

Original report:

GOLETA, Calif. — Fifteen firefighters were forced to deploy shelters while battling the Dolan Fire Tuesday morning.

Incident Commander Rob Allen said in a statement that the firefighters were defending the Nacimiento Station at Los Padres National Forest when they deployed the shelters at approximately 8:30 a.m.

“These dedicated firefighters received injuries including burns and smoke inhalation,” Allen wrote.

Allen said one of the firefighters is in critical condition and another is in serious condition. The Nacimiento Station was destroyed.

The two most seriously injured firefighters were airlifted by Life Flight to a hospital in Fresno.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured firefighters, their family, friends and co-workers,” Allen stated.