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Jun 17, 2014 12:04 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Firefighter missing in Los Padres National Forest

FILLMORE, Calif. (AP) - 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.

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.

Rescuers in the air and on horseback are searching the mountains above Fillmore.

Herdman is a firefighter and paramedic with the Arcadia Fire Department.

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