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Firefighter Killed On The Ferguson Fire, Procession This Afternoon

MARIPOSA COUNTY — It is with deep sadness that we report the death of a firefighter this morning on the Ferguson Fire.

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that this morning while battling the Ferguson Fire on the Sierra National Forest, a Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park firefighter suffered a fatal injury.

The incident occurred just before 9:30 a.m. At the time, the firefighter and his crew were engaged in a tactical firing operation on the east side of the fire. They were operating in an area with a large amount of tree mortality. The firefighter was struck by a tree. He was treated on scene, but passed away before he could be transported to a hospital.

“The team at Sequoia and Kings National Park is devastated by this terrible news,” says Parks Superintendent Woody Smeck. “Our deepest condolences go out to the firefighter’s family and loved ones. We grieve this loss with you.”

Further public information will be made available once the firefighter’s family has been notified.

The firefighter will be escorted to the Stanislaus County Coroner’s office in Modesto, Calif., today at 3:30 p.m.

“We would like to invite the citizens and visitors of Mariposa County to line the streets of Mariposa in honor and support of the firefighter and our public safety partners,” says the Sheriff’s Office.

The procession will begin at the Mariposa Airport and continue down Highway 49N, turning right on Highway 140 through the town of Mariposa. It will then proceed on Highway 140, left onto Plainsburg, right onto Childs, left onto Mission and out to Freeway 99, then take the Mitchell Road Exit to El Vista to Oakdale Road, and finally arriving at 921 Oakdale Road.

This is the second firefighter fatality on the Ferguson Fire. Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney was killed on July 14, when his dozer rolled in steep terrain.

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