Firefighter Dies While Fighting California’s Dixie Fire

30-year veteran died from an illness

Bill Carey
6 September 2021

LASSEN COUNTY, California – A forest service firefighter has died of an illness while working on the Dixie Fire, according to news outlets and the Lassen National Forest.

In a Facebook post, the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service announced the death of Assistant Fire Engine Operator Marcus Pacheco.

Details of Pacheco’s death have not been released but news stations have reported that the death was not due to directly fighting the fire, or that the death was due to a previous illness.

Lassen National Forest officials told ABC 10 that is is unclear if the illness was related to work on the Dixie Fire.

The Dixie Fire started on 13 July, has burned over 910,000 acres, and is 57% contained according to InciWeb’s latest update.

Photograph courtesy of InciWeb.

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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