Airplane Wreck Found While Fighting Wildfire
The thoroughly burned wreck of a light aircraft with two bodies on board was found by firefighters on Tuesday as they battled a wildfire in Plumas National Forest, north of Lake Tahoe, in California. The airplane was tentatively identified as perhaps a Citabria or Decathlon. Smoke jumpers discovered the wreckage Monday in a remote area inside the fire's perimeter. Tricia Christofferson, public information officer for the National Forest, told the Oroville Mercury Register. The fire had burned about 20 acres, in rugged canyon lands near the the South Fork Feather River. Whether the airplane crash started the fire was unclear. The fire was caused by "human activity," according to the Mercury Register, but no further details about the cause were available. Firefighters yesterday were still working at the fire, and hoping to contain it by nightfall. The Butte County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help in identifying the victims of the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call the Butte County Sheriff's Department at 530-538-7404.