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.
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