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Forest Service van plunges off mountain road

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The firefighters were helping to mop up the Butler 2 Fire, which was fully contained late last month. The firefighters serve on a hand crew that usually travels to work sites by air, but this time they were traveling in a van, Baca said. The incident happened just before 10 a.m. and the road was dry and clear. There were some clouds overhead, Miller said. The cause of the crash was being investigated by the California Highway Patrol. Highway 18 was closed between Running Springs and Big Bear Lake through the day so rescue crews could operate, Baca said. The van was successfully pulled from the ravine, she said. The Butler 2 Fire began Sept. 14 and burned more than 14,000 acres and three outbuildings before it was fully contained about a week later. The blaze also briefly forced the evacuation of the rural town of Fawnskin. Crews are now working to put out the fire within the containment lines, Miller said. BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. – A U.S. Forest Service transport van plunged 400 feet off a road in the San Bernardino Mountains on Monday, injuring the eight firefighters inside, authorities said. Six of the firefighters suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Bear Valley Community Hospital, while two were flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Fontana, said John Miller, a Forest Service spokesman. One of the two airlifted crew members had a dislocated shoulder and the other was later determined to have no injuries, said Valerie Baca, a Forest Service spokeswoman. Reports that one victim had a broken pelvis turned out to be untrue, she said. The other firefighters were treated for minor injuries and released. last_img

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