Forest employee burned in planned fire

Forest employee burned in planned fire

22 February 2010

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FORBESTOWN — A Plumas National Forest employee was burned Thursday during a “subscribed fire” at Sunset Hill, near Forbestown.

Plumas Forest spokeswoman Lee Ann Schramel Taylor said Craig Hoisington sustained second-degree burns on his leg. She said the injury was not considered life-threatening and his condition was stable. He was flown by helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento as a precaution, she said.

The accident was at about 1:15 p.m. at a fire that was part of a hazardous fuels reduction associated with the Slapjack Forest Restoration Project underway near Sunset Hill.

The area is rugged foothill terrain southeast of Lake Oroville, about 1.4 air miles west of Forbestown near the Butte-Yuba county lines.

Taylor said it wasn’t known how Hoisington was hurt. No one else was injured.

Hoisington is an employee at the Feather River Ranger District in Oroville.

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