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Six Firefighters Entrapped By Raging Wildfire

CAJON PASS – Six San Bernardino County Fire Department Firefighters were trapped today when they were working on defending homes and evacuating residents in the Swarthout Canyon area west of Cajon Pass. The firefighters were able to find shelter in a nearby structure, fire officials said in a news release.

Two of the firefighters sustained minor injuries, one with smoke inhalation and the second with minor burns.  Both were transported to local hospitals where they were treated. The two injured firefighters were released from the hospital and are back out working on defending structures.  One engine also sustained moderate fire damage.

SBCoFD reminds residents to be prepared and know your evacuation routes. An evacuation order can save your life, leave as soon as evacuations orders are given by fire and law enforcement officials to avoid being caught in fire, smoke or road congestion. Residents that refuse to evacuate put their own and other people’s lives at risk.

Visit sbcfire.org/ReadySetGo.aspx for fire preparedness and safety information. For more information on the Blue Cut Fire, call 909-383-5688 or visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4962/

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