Helicopter crashes while responding to Northern California fire


Smoke rises behind a cross during the Lava fire in Weed, California on July 1, 2021. – Firefighters are battling nearly a dozen wildfires in the region following soaring temperatures in California’s valley, mountain and desert areas, windy dry conditions, lightning storms across several parts of the western United States. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — A helicopter crashed while responding to the Lava Fire burning in Northern California Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Authorities said the pilot was able to walk away and is being assessed.

The Lava Fire has burned more than 25,000 acres in Siskiyou County and was 72% contained at last check.

Lighting is believed to be the cause of the blaze, which first sparked on June 24.

Seventeen structures have been destroyed — including 12 homes — and four firefighters have been injured.

No other details were immediately available.

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