Matthew Burchett, Battalion Chief

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Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett was injured while on the fire line of the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco, California. Burchett was airlifted to a local hospital where he passed away from the injuries he sustained. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported. Burchett was one of five firefighters sent from the Draper City Fire Department in Utah to help fight the California wildland fires through a mutual aid agreement with CAL FIRE.

Incident Location: Ranch Fire, Mendocino Complex Fire, CA (off Highway 20 near Potter Valley, northeast of Ukiah) (U.S. National Grid: 10S DJ 8937 5205 (DD: 39.318, -123.123))

Department information

Draper City Fire Department
1020 E. Pioneer Road
Draper, Utah 84020

Chief: Clint Smith

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

Age: 42
Rank: Battalion Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: August 13, 2018
Date of death: August 13, 2018
Cause of death: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property