Firefighter working huge California fire dies


Ventura County sheriff's officials said Iverson suffered fatal injuries near the eastern flank of the Thomas Fire between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. PT Thursday, according to ABC's Los Angeles-affiliate KABC.

Investigators determined that the Skirball Fire, which destroyed six homes in Los Angeles' wealthy Bel-Air neighborhood and scorched a building at a winery owned by billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, was started by a cooking fire at a homeless encampment, the Los Angeles Fire Department said earlier this week.

California governor Jerry Brown said on Tuesday wildfires ravaging his state should serve as a warning for other parts of the world threatened by climate change. He was the father of a 2-year-old girl named Evie; his wife, Ashley, is expecting their second daughter this spring.

UPDATE: Cal Fire has released the name of the firefighter who died-San Diego Fire Engineer Cory Iberson. "In the meantime, please join me in keeping our fallen firefighter and his loved ones in your prayers (and) all the responders on the front lines in your thoughts as they continue to work under extremely challenging conditions". Iverson's body was transported from the area, just north of Fillmore, to the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office.

Authorities say a 70-year-old Santa Paula woman died from smoke inhalation and injuries from a auto crash last week as she apparently tried to evacuate.

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A half-staff flag is seen at Cal Fire's El Cajon station after a firefighter died in the Thomas Fire on December 14, 2017. That surpassed a blaze that burned inland Santa Barbara County a decade ago.

"What I can say is a heartfelt and deep thank you for the outpouring of support for Cory's family and the Cal Fire family", the chief said.

Some evacuations were lifted and the risk to the agricultural city of Fillmore was diminishing.

That fire burned down 157 structures, most in its destructive first hours. But coastal enclaves to the west remained under threat as crews protected hillside homes in Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria. It has destroyed more than 900 structures, including 730 homes, as it continues to threaten about 18,000 buildings. Covering more ground than the city of San Diego, it was 30 per cent contained. It also killed 46 race horses at a training center, and left one of their trainers with serious burns.