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CDF Flags At Half-staff For Killed Tanker Crew

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All local California Division of Forestry and Fire Protection fire stations and offices will fly the American Flag at half mast in remembrance of airtanker 130´s crew killed fighting the wildfire near Walker, California yesterday.

The crash victims were identified as pilot Steven Wass of Gardnerville, Nevada; co-pilot Craig Labare of Loomis, and crew member Michael Davis of Bakersfield.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Forest Service spokesman Matt Mathes says Regional Forester Jack Blackwell, a pilot, will personally lead the probe.

The airtanker took off from the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center in Minden, Nevada, before crashing Monday.

Seven C-130As currently are on contract to fight fires and five were in use at the time of the grounding.