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Thomas Fire

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Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Goleta, CA 93117

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Thomas Fire Fatality

Thomas Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 12/14/2017

We learned late this morning of the fatality of a Cal Fire Engineer from the San Diego Unit, who was assigned to the Thomas Fire. As this tragedy occurred just a short time ago, we have very few details but I wanted to share with you what we know at this time. I know I speak for us all in saying our hearts go out to our Cal Fire colleagues during this difficult time.This is a tragic reminder of the dangerous work that our firefighters do every day. The Thomas Fire has many unprecedented conditions and complexities that challenge the already demanding job of fire suppression. I am proud of the team effort of everyone involved, and ask that you keep up the good work while taking care of yourselves and each other with safety as our highest priority.I have attached the Thomas Fire news release with Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott’s statement on the firefighter fatality below. Teresa Benson Forest Supervisor Los Padres National Forest

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