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.
|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|
|Fixed property use:||Street/Road|