We regret to pass on that Santa Lucia District Battallion Chief Gary Helming was killed in a crash yesterday morning while coming home from operating at the Railroad Fire in the Sierra National Forest.
Chief Helming was a California native who started working for the Forest Service more than two decades ago as a seasonal firefighter. He worked other agencies before returning to the Forest Service to serve as battalion chief in 2013 in Santa Maria.
Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.