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Firefighters injured, airlifted in central California blaze

California Wildfire
Posted at 3:25 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 18:27:58-04

(AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says 14 firefighters and bulldozer operators were injured Tuesday while battling a blaze in central California. One is in critical condition.

The Forest Service says the crew has injuries that include burns and smoke inhalation. Three were airlifted to a hospital, including one in critical condition.  

Officials say they were fighting the Dolan Fire in Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County and the firefighters had to deploy their fire protection shelters.

California has already set a record with 2 million acres burned this year. The state’s largest utility turned off power to 172,000 customers to try to prevent more blazes.