Firefighter Dies Battling Ferguson Fire In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA COUNTY, CA — A Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park firefighter died while battling the 53,000-acre Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County, officials announced Sunday. Officials said the firefighter, who was not identified, was killed when a tree struck him while fighting the blaze in the Sierra National Forest.

The firefighter, the second to be killed in the Ferguson Fire, was treated at the scene but died before being transported to a nearby hospital, officials said.

The Ferguson Fire sparked 17 days ago, prompting the response of 3,800 personnel to battle the blaze. To date, seven others were injured in the brush fire and one structure was destroyed.

As of Sunday afternoon, the massive wildfire was just 30 percent contained.

The Ferguson Fire was just one of several blazes to burn through California this weekend as President Trump declared a federal emergency.

Elsewhere in the state, crews were still battling the Carr Fire in Shasta County, which killed six people as of Sunday. Mendocino County saw two wildfires this weekend that burned through four homes, the Cranston Fire in San Bernardino National Forest had forced the evacuation of thousands of residents, and the Rock Fire threatened more than 100 homes after igniting in San Diego County on Saturday afternoon.

Cal Fire said crews from Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado were assisting in the wildfires, while crews from Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico and Oregon were en route. (Get Patch real-time email alerts for the latest news from your California neighborhood. Also, download the free Patch iPhone app or free Patch Android app. Also, be sure to follow your local Patch on Facebook!)

–Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone

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