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    Procession for Firefighter Killed in Mendocino Complex Fire

    The body of a firefighter who died battling the Mendocino Complex fires was escorted from Ukiah to the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport by an honor guard Wednesday afternoon so his remains can be returned to Utah.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018)

    Funeral services will be held Monday for the Utah firefighter killed while battling the largest recorded wildfire in California history.

    The services for Battalion Chief Matt Burchett of the Draper Fire Department will be held at 11 a.m. at the Maverik Center in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley City, and a private interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Hills Cemetery in Provo.

    The 42-year-old was hit by a tree Monday while fighting a wildfire north of San Francisco. He was flown to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

    Burchett was among numerous out-of-state firefighters who joined the front lines of the massive wildfire.

    See the Size of the Mendocino Fire

    With more than 283,000 acres burned, the Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California is now the biggest-ever in the state. But how big is it, in relation to places you recognize? Use the map below to explore the size of the fire on top of your city, state, or zip code.

    Source: US Geological Survey
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