USFA: California On-Duty Death

Engineer Cory Iverson died while fighting the Thomas Fire



The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Engineer Cory Iverson, 32, of CAL FIRE on December 14, 2017.

Engineer Cory Iverson died while fighting the Thomas Fire near Fillmore, California. The nature and cause of Iverson’s death has not been released pending a Cal Fire serious accident review. Engineer Iverson was part of a multi-engine strike team dispatched from the San Diego area more than a week ago to fight some of the largest fires in California’s history.

Tribute is being paid to Engineer Iverson at

To date, 84 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at


Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.


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