Calif. firefighter dies after being struck by falling tree

Darin Banks was working for Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression to prepare an area for a prescribed burn

Duty Death: Darin Banks - [Chico, California]

End of Service: 05/07/2022

By Leila Merrill

RED BLUFF, Calif. — Firefighter Darin Banks died after being struck by a dead tree that unexpectedly fell Friday, according to the Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression, Inc. in Chico, California.

Banks, 26, was assigned to a Type II Initial Attack Hand Crew and was working with the company to prepare an area for a prescribed burn.

He is survived by his son, who is 4, his mother, siblings and other family members.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to support his family.


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