A preliminary Cal Fire report said Corey Iverson died battling the Thomas Fire last month in Ventura County after becoming trapped in a dead-end gulch.
capture210 Report: Firefighter Who Died In Thomas Fire Became Trapped By Flames

32-year-old Cory Iverson of San Diego, an engineer with CAL Fire, died Dec. 14, 2017, while battling the Thomas Fire in Ventura County. (Courtesy Photo)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fire officials say a state firefighter who died battling the largest wildfire recorded in California’s modern history was putting out a spot fire when he found himself trapped by the flames.

A preliminary report by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection found 32-year-old Cory Iverson died battling the Thomas Fire last month in Ventura County after becoming trapped in a dead-end gulch.

Cal Fire says in the report released Tuesday to the San Diego Union Tribune that Iverson was surrounded by spot fires in windy conditions.

It says Iverson and four other firefighters were laying hose along a bulldozer-created fire break when they turned their attention to a spot fire flared up about 20 feet deep. More spot fires broke out almost simultaneously, cutting off his escape route.

(© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast rewritten or redistributed.)

 

 

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Los Angeles

Weather Team
Goldstein Tipline
#CBSLA

Watch & Listen LIVE