SoCal Firefighter Missing in Los Padres National Forest

Authorities in Ventura County are searching for an Arcadia firefighter who went missing Friday in the Los Padres National Forest after chasing his dog during a camping trip, reports (

Sheriff’s Capt. Mark Franke said Tuesday that 34-year-old Michael Herdman was hiking with a friend near the Tar Creek trail when he went running after his dog and disappeared in rugged terrain. Herdman was barefoot and wearing only shorts and a t-shirt.

It took the friend two days to hike out of the area and alert authorities.


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