San Andreas, Ca — Some additional local fire-fighters are being treated for injuries sustained while helping to battle a moving fire at the Inyo Complex in Independence this past Saturday.
Originally, three were transported to the Fresno Burn Center with minor injuries. According to the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of CAL Fire, six more were transported today after beginning to feel the effects of the exposure to smoke and heat.
The firefighters were part of two engines that had been assisting the public in evacuating the Seven Oaks area, when extreme fire behavior forced them to deploy their fire shelters.
Two of the three firefighters originally transported have now been released from the hospital. The names of those injured are not available.
The 35,000 acre wildfire, which was sparked by lightning on Friday, is now 80 percent contained. The blaze has destroyed six homes and closed down trails into a popular wilderness area north of Mount Whitney.
Written by BJ Hansen