Firefighter killed while fighting Thomas Fire

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Earlier in the year, a Cal Fire contractor and two inmates assigned to firefighting crews were killed in three separate incidents. He was pronounced dead at the scene. "This will make the situation much tougher on the over 8,000 fire personnel fighting this fire".

The cause of the Iverson's death was not immediately released. No other firefighters were injured. "Until this review is complete, there is nothing more I can share".

"Cory and Ashley are expecting a second daughter this spring", Pimlott said.

Gusty Santa Ana winds, dry conditions and single-digit humidity in Southern California offered no relief Thursday to firefighters battling one of the largest wildfires in state history.

A procession for the fallen firefighter was held in the afternoon after his body was recovered near Fillmore.

In a prepared statement, Gov.

"His bravery and years of committed service to the people of California will never be forgotten", the governor said.

The Thomas fire burns in the Los Padres National Forest
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The Thomas Fire, covering 242,500 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, now covers more area than New York City. Virginia Pesola, 70, of Santa Paula was found dead at the site of a vehicle crash on Wheeler Canyon Road on December 4.

It has since blackened more than 249,000 acres (about 390 square miles, or 1,000 sq km) and is now the fourth-largest wildfire on record in California since 1932. A total of 8,300 fire personnel are battling the Thomas fire, which is now threatening at least 18,000 structures, according to Cal Fire.

Fire fighters attack the Thomas Fire's north flank with backfires as they continue to fight a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles, near Ojai, California, US.

The Thomas Fire, which was 35 percent contained as of Thursday evening, has burned 729 homes to the ground and damaged another 175.

Coastal communities in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties were warned Wednesday that they're still at risk if unpredictable winds whip up again and fan the flames.

"Cory Iverson. made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of others", said Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean during a community meeting on Thursday night. But coastal enclaves to the west remained under threat as crews protected hillside homes in Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria.

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