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Three killed in firefighting helicopter collision in California

A fire department helicopter in Moreno Valley, California. Associated Press/Photo by Eric Thayer

Three killed in firefighting helicopter collision in California

The helicopters on Sunday night were called to the scene of a structure fire in Southern California after the blaze spread to surrounding vegetation. One helicopter landed safely after the collision, while the other vehicle crashed and killed all three people on board. The victims were a CAL FIRE chief, a CAL FIRE captain, and a pilot contractor, said CAL FIRE Southern Region Chief David Fulcher. The crash caused an additional 4-acre fire that was later extinguished.

What are the latest developments with other fires in California? Fire officials on Sunday said the massive York Fire is almost fully contained. The fire started July 28 in the Mojave National Preserve in California’s San Bernardino County and expanded into Nevada. The blaze covers more than 93,000 acres and is the state’s largest wildfire this year.

Dig deeper: Listen to Sarah Schweinsberg’s report on The World and Everything in It podcast about a small California town’s recovery from a devastating wildfire.

Lauren Canterberry

Lauren Canterberry is a reporter for WORLD. She graduated from the World Journalism Institute and the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, both in 2017. She worked as a local reporter in Texas and now lives in Georgia with her husband.

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