1st firefighter killed in California battling blazes overnight

The U.S. Forest Service has confirmed that the firefighter was killed while battling the El Dorado Fire near San Bernardino, California.
1:58 | 09/19/20

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We turn next to the wildfires in the west. A firefighter has now died, authorities say, in a fire allegedly caused by gender reveal party. That fire in the sarn San Bernardino forest. Crews bracing for new fires and flare-ups. Kaylee Hartung from the region again tonight. Reporter: Tonight, the California wildfire sparked by a gender-reveal celebration, taking the life of a first responder. The U.S. Forest service confirming a firefighter was killed overnight while battling the el Dorado fire near San Bernardino. New video shows the fire flaring up, crews fighting flames on both sides of highway 38 in rugged mountains. This afternoon, a solemn procession carrying the firefighter's body through the charred landscape. Officers later saluting the flag-draped gurney. Wildfires now claiming the lives of at least 36 people out west this year. The wind-fueled bobcat fire just north of Los Angeles another big concern tonight, forcing new evacuations in juniper hills. An Orange haze there blotting out the sun. The winds just driving flames towards homes here. The fire is right behind the house, up on the little hill up there, and I just said, screw this. Reporter: That fire inching dangerously close to the famed mt. Wilson observatory. The smoke even closing yosemite national park, marring its natural beauty. And in Oregon, storms bringing relief from the toxic smoke, but the downpours threatening fire-ravaged communities with landslides and flash flooding. David, the fire here is 66% contained, but you can see it's still active. We just watched this spot fire pop up. And this weekend, conditions can take a dangerous turn. We're expecting it to be dry and hot throughout the state of California. Risk to life and property is far from over. This now makes three fire personnel deaths in California wildfires in the past year. David? Thinking about that firefighter's family tonight. Kaylee, thank you.

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