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Firefighter with heat-related emergency airlifted from San Bernardino mountains

By in Press Enterprise on July 11, 2017

By Gail Wesson

A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s air rescue helicopter came to the aid of a U.S. Forest Service firefighter who suffered a heat-related emergency while fighting the Maloney fire Sunday, July 9, in late afternoon, northwest of Lake Arrowhead, according to a sheriff’s news release.

Forest Service and San Bernardino County firefighters working on the fire lines stabilized the 34-year-old victim and the air rescue crew lowered air medics on a steep hillside nearby.

The medics determined the victim needed to be hoisted out and taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton for further treatment. The firefighter was not identified by name.

No additional information on the status of the Maloney fire was available from San Bernardino National Forest officials on Monday.

The fire was reported just before 3:30 p.m Sunday, July 9, in the San Bernardino Mountains. The fire was estimated at five acres when the forward rate of spread was stopped at about 4:15 p.m. according to a Forest Service tweet. Highway 173 north of Grass Valley Road was closed to traffic for just over three hours during the firefight.


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