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June 11, 2008
Lincoln Fire: 2 from Cal Fire, 1 volunteer injured
Update: A Cal Fire spokesman said two of the firefighters injured in the Lincoln blaze were veteran firefighters with Cal Fire and the third was a volunteer with the Placer County Fire Department.

Cal Fire public information officer Daniel Berlant said that two of the firefighters had moderate to severe facial and arm burns. The third was released from the hospital after treatment for minor facial burns.


Fire officials won't release the identities of the firefighters injured while fighting the fire in Lincoln, but a news release by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office identified them as being Cal Fire firefighters.

"I commend our brave firefighters for aggressively fighting these fires across the state, and my heart goes out to the three Cal Fire firefighters who have been injured," Gov. Schwarzenegger stated in a news release.

The two taken to UC Davis suffered moderate to severe burns to the face and arms and the third is being treated for minor facial burns at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, the release states.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also directed more resources to Cal Fire and the Office of Emergency Services and activated two retardant-dropping aircraft Wednesday to help fight the early wildfires throughout the state.

Cal Fire activated 1,227 Cal Fire personnel and deployed 167 fire engines, 51 crews, seven air tankers, 22 bulldozers and eight helicopters. Emergency services deployed one Operational Area Satellite Information System (OASIS) trailer with phone, data and communications to a 4,200-acre fire in Monterey County. The department also deployed four of five new wildland fire engines - which Schwarzenegger unveiled last week - to an 800-acre fire in Tuolumne County.

"Time and again, our history has demonstrated that we must move early, have the resources available and work together to fight these fires and keep people safe," Schwarzenegger stated in the release.

Four "significant fires" are burning throughout the state:

  • The Indians Fire has burned 4,200 acres in the Los Padres National Forest. It is 10 percent contained.
  • The Ophir Fire has burned 1,600 acres near Palermo, south of Oroville in Butte County. It is 60 percent contained.
  • The La Grange Fire has burned 800 acres in the area of Cooperstown and La Grange in Tuolumne County. It is 30 percent contained.
  • The Pine Fire has burned 860 acres in Sonoma County. It is 80 percent contained.

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