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Firefighter assigned to California blaze dies of illness

DixieFire
Posted at 12:51 PM, Sep 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-05 15:51:08-04

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A firefighter has died of an illness while assigned to one of California’s largest wildfires.

Fire officials announced the death this weekend but didn't provide details. The firefighter was assigned to the Dixie Fire in Northern California. It's the second-largest blaze in state history.

The death is the first this wildfire season, which has seen blazes in the Sierra Nevada burn more than 1,000 homes and force tens of thousands to evacuate.

Authorities say they're making good progress against the Caldor Fire near the California-Nevada border but some 22,000 residents of South Lake Tahoe remain evacuated.