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Two Firefighters Injured by Rocks While Operating at California Wildfire

Two firefighters were injured last week when they were struck by rocks while operating at the Lowell Fire, one of a number of wildland fires burning in drought-stricken California.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that a firefighter from Scotts Valley Fire and another from Branciforte Fire Protection District were injured July 28 when rocks the size of soccer balls rolled down a steep hill and struck them.

The Branciforte firefighter broke his arm and dislocated his elbow and the Scotts Valley firefighter hurt his shoulder, according to the report. Both firefighters were transported and are reportedly back in Santa Cruz County. According to a video interview with KION, the Scotts Valley firefighter was reportedly thrown 50 feet when he was hit, and may require surgery.

The CAL FIRE Web site indicated that the Lowell Fire began July 25 in Nevada and Palcer Counties. It has so far burned 2,304 acres and is about 88 percent contained, and it has destroyed two structures and damaged one other. There were six firefighter injuries at the wildfire: After suffering burns on the Lowell Fire in Nevada County yesterday, three of the four injured firefighters have been released from the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery. One of the CAL FIRE firefighters was returned to full duty, while the second will be recovering from his injuries over the next week. Both are from the Mendocino Unit. A Forest Service firefighter remains in the hospital with serious burn injuries.

Read more about it at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/general-news/20150804/two-firefighters-from-santa-cruz-county-injured-in-wildfires

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