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Missing off-duty firefighter sought in Southern California

California Daily Life
Posted at 9:49 PM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 00:49:55-04

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Searchers are combing a section of the San Bernardino Mountains for signs of a missing off-duty firefighter.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department says the search Saturday is focusing on an area of Highway 18 where Carlos Baltazar’s car was located by the California Highway Patrol on Sept. 20.

Baltazar is a member of a U.S. Forest Service Interagency Hotshot Crew. He was reported missing by family members on Sept. 24.

At the time, he was off duty and not in the area of the El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Another hotshot, Charles Morton, died while fighting that fire on Sept. 17.