Firefighter dies while assigned to Stagecoach Fire in Kern County, authorities say

California

A firefighter assigned to a destructive Southern California wildfire has died.

Authorities say the firefighter “had an acute medical emergency and passed away due to complications.”

He was identified by the Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department as engineer Pete Heins, a retired Cal Fire captain.

Heins was working in a support role at the command post for the Stagecoach Fire in Kern County.

There were no additional details about his death.

The blaze south of Lake Isabella is more than 80% contained.

To the south, the Apple Fire straddling Riverside and San Bernardino counties has grown only slightly in recent days. It is 60% contained.

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