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U.S. Forest Service firefighter remains hospitalized after suffering serious burns in Lowell Fire

A U.S. Forest Service firefighter remains hospitalized at the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento after suffering burns while battling a wildfire in Northern California. The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. on the Lowell Fire in Nevada County.

Matt Aoki, a U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighter, suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns over his hands and face. He currently serves as the Captain on the Los Padres Hotshots from the Los Padres National Forest (central California coast).

Three other wildland firefighters, two from CAL FIRE and one from the U.S. Forest Service, were treated for less serious burns and were released from the Burn Institute on Sunday evening. The U.S. Forest Service firefighter treated and released on Sunday was Joe Milligan from the Beckwourth (Type 2IA) initial attack crew based on the Plumas National Forest.

A Serious Accident Review Team (SART) comprised of U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE safety experts is reviewing the incident.

As of Wednesday, the Lowell Fire is 2,300 acres and 45 percent contained. The incident is under the jurisdiction of Cal Fire. The U.S. Forest Service and numerous other agencies and departments are assisting. The northeast portion of the fire has burned onto the Tahoe National Forest.

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