Gary Helming

While returning from an assignment on the Railroad Fire in the Sierra National Forest, Battalion Chief Gary Helming was killed when a Ford F-350 traveling in the opposite direction suffered a tire failure, crossed the middle of the road, and struck Chief Helming's vehicle head-on.

Incident Location: Highway 41 just south of state Route 33 in Kings County (Vicinity of U.S. National Grid: 10S GE 6631 7520)

Department Information

Los Padres National Forest - Santa Lucia District
6750 Navigator Way, Suite 150
U.S. National Grid: 11S KU 3671 1332
Goleta, California 93117

Chief: Acting Forest Supervisor Merv George

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 47 
Rank: Battalion Chief 
Classification: Career 
Incident date: Aug 31, 2017 08:30
Date of death: Aug 31, 2017 
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Returning 
Fixed property use: Street/Road