• A firefighter killed in California's largest wildfire in state history was hit by an 87-foot tree that got uprooted in a fire-suppressant drop that went wrong

    7 monthes ago - By Chron

    REUTERS/Fred Greaves
    A firefighter lost his life battling the largest fire in California history last month in a series of events that began when an air tanker dropped thousands of gallons of flame-suppressing liquid over some treetops near the Mendocino Complex Fire.
    The Boeing 747 air tanker mistakenly flew too close to the ground. The fire-suppressant it dropped hit some trees beneath it with such tremendous force that it uprooted an 87-foot tree, which landed on 42-year-old Matthew Burchett, a fire battlion chief from Utah.
    Burchett was one of many out-of-state fire professionals sent...
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