June 11, 2008
Update on the Lincoln fire - news from the scene
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(Photo by Carl Costas)


From Bill Lindelof:

Two fire trucks are still smoking after being burned during a 65-acre fire in rural Lincoln Wednesday.

There were two firefighters in one truck and one firefighter in another when the fire overcame the vehicles.

All three firefighters suffered non life-threatening injuries. Two of the firefighters were taken by helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center. The other was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

The trucks continue to smolder underneath a thin grove of eucalyptus trees that serve as a windbreak on a rural piece of property.

The trees also burned.

The fire is now under control, but crews are keeping close watch on the burn area.

Fire officials won't release the identities of the injured firefighters, but a news release by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office identified them as being Cal Fire firefighters. 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 fire burned vacant rice fields near the Lincoln Airport. Also nearby are a hay business and stacks of large timber.