Humboldt Strike Team Members Unharmed After Flames Overrun and Kill Firefighter Near Them as Thomas Fire Continues to Consume New Ground
Our Humboldt County Strike team was very close to the incident. Diana Totten, the public information officer for Briceland Fire which is with the strike team, has been in touch with her crew. “All Humboldt County firefighters are safe,” she said. But, she added, “They were nearby.”
Totten said, “Our guys are working hard to maintain safety as they are on the line today…When we say to be safe out there, this is what we are talking about.”
The Thomas Fire is now the 4th largest fire in modern California history. It has chewed through nearly 1000 structures and damaged more.
Thomas Norris, Assistant Chief of Salmon Creek Fire who was on the line with the Humboldt Strike Team, was reached while the crew was eating lunch, tells us that the death of fellow fighter was hard. The crews, he said, have had a “very long shift today.”
Our hearts are with the family of the firefighter who died and with those who are struggling to fight back the flames where he fell.
UPDATE: Cal Fire has released the name of the firefighter who died—San Diego Fire Engineer Cory Iverson.