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YHS Graduate Dies While Battling Wildfire

OAKHURST — Friends and family, and the entire fire service family, are mourning the loss of a private bulldozer operator who was killed while fighting a large wildfire in Monterey County on Tuesday, July 26.

The man has been identified as Yosemite High School graduate and Friant resident Robert Reagan III, age 35, according to Cal Fire.

Cal Fire is quoted in reports as saying that the bulldozer rolled down a steep hill, killing the driver.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by Robert’s family.

“This fund is set up to assist the family of Robert Reagan, the bulldozer operator who was tragically killed on July 26 while fighting the Sobranes Fire in Monterey County. He leaves behind two young children and a wife. All funds received will go directly to his family to aid them as they grieve and memorialize his life.”

The Soberanes Fire, which started on Friday, July 22, has charred 27,326 acres south of Monterey, Calif., and is just 10 percent contained as of 11 a.m. this morning.

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