Firefighter Dies Battling Huge CA Wildfire

Diana Jones

A volunteer firefighter was killed was battling the August Complex Fire in California, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

On Monday, August 31, 2020, Firefighter Diane Jones, 63, who worked for a private company during the wildland fire season, KL Farms/Fire LLC, was battling the wildfires in the Mendocino National Forest in California when she was involved in a vehicle crash along with two other firefighters. 

Firefighter Jones was repositioning the engine when it backed over an embankment and into a fire.  She passed away from the injuries she sustained in the accident.  One of the two other firefighters is being treated for injuries sustained in the crash, while the third firefighter was uninjured.

Firefighter Diane Jones was a volunteer firefighter for the Cresson Volunteer Fire Department in Cresson, Texas.  Her son, Captain Ian Shelly, also a member of the Cresson Volunteer Fire Department, was fighting the wildfires in the Mendocino National Forest as well.

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