Three firefighters battling the growing Dolan Fire in central California on Tuesday were injured and airlifted to a hospital, where one remains in critical condition.
The U.S. Forest Service said 14 firefighters deployed portable fire shelters — a last resort survival tactic — around 8:30 a.m. as fire overtook their station at the Los Padres National Forest.
Nacimiento Station was destroyed, and firefighters suffered burns and smoke inhalation.
Three firefighters were transported to Community Regional Hospital in Fresno, where a hospital spokesperson confirmed one injury is considered critical and two are categorized as “fair.”
The Forest Service described the situation as “evolving,” and said it will share additional information as it is confirmed.