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Firefighter Dies in Wildfire


Last updated 8/4/2015 at 9:03am

U.S. Forest Service Firefighter, David Ruhl died Thursday after being trapped by a rapidly-moving fire in the Modoc National Forest, in Northern California.

He was trying to find a plan to attack the fire when the crews lost contact with Ruhl Thursday evening. His body was recovered on Friday. The South Dakota native was the father of two and was humble, had an easygoing personality, and helpful to everyone.

Wildfires do not seem to cease statewide. More than 8,000 firefighters are already fighting 23 wildfires across the state, with lightning sparking new ones in the northern parts of the state. A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Northern California due to the continued dry thunderstorms and gusty winds.

Governor Brown issued a State of Emergency to several counties in California. CAL FIRE has requested help from the California Coast Guard to mitigate the fires. On Thursday, the Coast Guard activated nine helicopters, and on Saturday, August 1, two C130 MAFFS air tankers.

CAL FIRE warns Californians to be careful when doing outdoor activities because a wildfire can be caused easily.

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