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Charles Edward Morton


Firefighter Charles Morton, Squad Boss on the Big Bear Interagency Hotshot Crew, died during interagency fire suppression activities on the El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest in California on September 17, 2020. The Big Bear Hotshots are local to the San Bernardino National Forest. 

Incident Location: San Bernardino National Forest, near Yucaipa, CA

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

Department information

San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Hotshots
San Bernardino National Forest, Mountaintop Ranger District
PO Box 69
Fawnskin, California 92333

Chief: Brian Johnson

Age: 39
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Wildland Part-Time
Incident date: September 17, 2020 22:00
Date of death: September 17, 2020
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Burns
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Last updated: February 16, 2021

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