Make no mistake about it; driving is the most dangerous thing your employees do. This worker was on his way to bravely risk his life in a fight against a forest fire. Sadly, he died in a traffic accident before he was even able to arrive to the scene. Your employees have people counting on them, and they face enough risk on the job. Work with Public Service Safety to keep them safe on the way there, and back to their families when their work is done.
Tuesday morning September 11 at about 5:45 a.m., Antonio (Tony) Flores 37, an employee of Kent Siller Trucking, was involved in a fatal vehicle accident on Interstate 80 near Blue Canyon, California between Sacramento and Reno. Mr. Flores was assigned to the North Fire as a private contractor operating a bulldozer. He was driving to the incident command post at the Blue Canyon Airport.
Incident Commander Curtis Coots said that the personnel working on the North Fire are deeply saddened by the death of a fellow firefighter. “This has been an extremely tough fire season for our firefighters both physically and emotionally”, Mr. coots said.
Mr. Flores is survived by his wife of 18 years and four children, ranging in ages from 9 to 16 years old. He is a lifelong resident of the Yuba City area.
He has worked for Kent Siller Trucking for more than 20 years as a master mechanic and heavy equipment operator.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol and the Placer County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.
Since it started September 3 the North Fire has burned 1,120 acres nine miles northeast of Alta, Calif. It has not grown in the last 24 hours and will transition back to the local unit today, September 12.
Our sincere condolences go out to Mr. Flores’ family, friends, and co-workers.