Smokejumper Dies in California Blaze
Killed by falling tree
A falling tree struck and killed a smokejumper while he was fighting a wildfire in Northern California, prompting a review of the incident.
Luke Sheehy, 28, was a Redding-based firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service, specially trained to parachute into hard-to-access areas and combat blazes. He fighting the Saddle Back fire in the Modoc National Forest, one of dozens of lightning-sparked fires that blazed up in northeast California over Sunday and Monday.
Governor Jerry Brown said Sheehy, who had previously served five seasons as a firefighter for CAL FIRE, was a “young man who devoted his life to protecting his fellow Californians.” Flags will fly at half-staff in his honor at the California State Capitol.