USFA: California On-Duty Death

Fire Engineer suffered a heart attack during the Stagecoach Fire



United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Fire Engineer Peter Hein, 61, of the Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department on August 11, 2020.

On August 11, 2020, Fire Engineer Peter Hein was working with the U.S. Forest Service at the Stagecoach Wildfire in Kern County. He suffered a medical emergency and was immediately transported to the hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack.

Tribute is being paid to Fire Engineer Hein at

To date, 50 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2020. 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.

Wildland Firefighter:
Firefighter Dies Doing Support Work on California’s Stagecoach Fire


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