Chief Helming was returning from the Railroad Fire
The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Battalion Chief Gary Helming, 47, of the Los Padres National Forest – Santa Lucis District on August 31, 2017.
While returning from an assignment on the Railroad Fire in the Sierra National Forest, Battalion Chief Gary Helming was killed when a Ford F-350 traveling in the opposite direction suffered a tire failure, crossed the middle of the road, and struck Chief Helming’s vehicle head-on.
Tribute is being paid to Battalion Chief Helming at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
To date, 66 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html
Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.