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)
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.