A firefighter died Thursday while battling the Thomas fire, which ranks as the fourth-largest in the state’s modern history.
“I am very saddened to report that a firefighter fatality has occurred on the Thomas Incident,” Chief Ken Pimlott, the director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said in a statement. “Please join me in keeping our fallen firefighter and his loved ones in your prayers and all the responders on the front lines in your thoughts as they continue to work under extremely challenging conditions.”
Pimlott identified the firefighter as fire apparatus engineer Cory Iverson, 32.
Iverson was assigned to the fire as…