San Diego Firefighter Killed By Thomas Fire Identified

A San Diego area firefighter taking on the monstrous Thomas Fire has died.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department released the following press statement today which announced the unfortunate death of a state firefighter:

Initially unnamed, the victim of the blaze was later identified as Cal Fire San Diego Unit Fire Apparatus Engineer Cory Iverson.

The 32 year-old Iverson is the first professional state firefighter to die in the field this year.  He leaves behind his pregnant wife and 2 year-old baby girl.

Footage of Cory Iverson's funeral procession aired on several media channels today:

According to Cal Fire, the Thomas Fire has scorched 242,500 acres, which amounts to 379 square miles. The fire has covered more ground than the city of San Diego.

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