California wild fire is causing havoc and engulfing lives Firefighters are mourning the death of one of their own

California wild fire is causing havoc and engulfing lives


Firefighters are mourning the death of one of their own. Cory David Iverson, 32, lost his life battling the Thomas Fire on Thursday.

Iverson was a fire apparatus engineer from San Diego and had been a firefighter with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection -- also known as Cal Fire -- since 2009.

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Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson died while fighting the Thomas Fire in Ventura County. He leaves behind his pregnant wife, Ashley, and toddler daughter Evie.
He drove a fire engine and was killed on the east flank of the Thomas Fire, Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said.
Iverson was with other crew members when he was killed, she said.
He leaves behind his 2-year-old daughter and a pregnant wife who's due this spring. His death is the first firefighter fatality in the most recent string of wildfires in California.
A woman was also killed in a car crash while evacuating last week, and Cal Fire says it considers her death to be fire-related.
Celebrities thank firefighters for their efforts
On Saturday, some celebrities expressed appreciation to the firefighters battling the massive blaze.
Retired tennis player Jimmy Connors said earlier in the week that the Thomas Fire was threatening his home and thanked the firefighters. He reiterated that sentiment on Saturday.

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Fire once again raging in Santa Barbara #ThomasFire- gusting winds a big problem- firefighters r amazing- keep them safe!

"Fire once again raging in Santa Barbara," Connors tweeted. "firefighters r amazing- keep them safe!"
Oprah Winfrey, who has a home in Montecito and had tweeted about the fire several days before, added an update.


Still praying for our little town. Winds picked up this morning creating a perfect storm of bad for firefighters. #peacebestill 

"Still praying for our little town," she said. "Winds picked up this morning creating a perfect storm of bad for firefighters. #peacebestill"
Actor Billy Baldwin tweeted his sentiments on Saturday.

#ThomasFire raging back into the Montecito/ Santa Barbara area.

I'm told that the wind has been gusting in excess of 60 mph.
Coming down behind Westmont College & Lotusland.
Say some prayers for these people and the brave firefighters.

"Say some prayers for these people and the brave firefighters," he wrote.

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