Don R. Smith, Firefighter/Bulldozer Operator

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Firefighter/Bulldozer Operator Don Smith was operating his bulldozer while battling the Carr Fire in Northern California’s Shasta County when he was overtaken by flames. Smith’s body was found by emergency personnel in the area of Benson Drive and Rock Creek Road in Redding, California. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

Incident Location: Benson Drive and Rock Creek Road, Redding, CA (U.S. National Grid: 10T EK 42992 96135 (DD: 40.615, -122492))

Department information

CAL FIRE
PO Box 944246
1416 9th Street
Sacramento, California 94424-2460

Chief: Director Ken Pimlott

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

Age: 81
Rank: Firefighter/Bulldozer Operator
Classification: Wildland Contract
Incident date: July 27, 2018
Date of death: July 27, 2018
Cause of death: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property