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Officials Identify Firefighter Killed in El Dorado Fire

From San Bernardino National Forest Twitter

The United States Forest Service announced Monday the identity of the firefighter who died battling the El Dorado Fire last week.


Charles Morton, age 39, was an 18-year firefighting veteran, died last Thursday while carrying out fire suppression on the El Dorado Fire, a blaze that was caused by pyrotechnics from a gender reveal party.

  • The fire has scorched about 22,588 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest.

What they're saying:

  • Chief Vicki Christiansen said via Twitter, “Thursday evening we lost one of our own. Charlie Morton, Squad Boss for the Big Bear Interagency Hotshot Crew of the San Bernardino National Forest, was tragically killed during efforts to suppress the El Dorado Fire on their home unit. Our hearts go out to Charlie’s loved ones, friends, coworkers, and the Big Bear Hotshots.”

  • Morton's family said via a statement, “Charlie is survived by his wife and daughter, his parents, two brothers, cousins, and friends. He’s loved and will be missed. May he rest easy in heaven with his baby boy.”

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