The Klamathon Fire has been taking it’s toll on the Hornbrook community of Northern California. The fire has burned 81 structures and left one dead during its span over 37,000 acres with 30 percent containment.
Firefighters have had their share of problems dealing with the fire, most noticeably Brandon Feller, who received severe burns to the face when his fire engine burned over while fighting the fire.
Feller was transported to the UC Davis ICU Burn Center, where he stayed in high spirits while dealing with his unfortunate situation. He has been released from the hospital, but a GoFundMe campaign was set up to assist him with personal expenses. So far, 480 people have donated over $28,000 to the campaign.
Of course, firefighters are not left in the dirt when injured in the line of duty. But Feller is now unable to work his overtime hours. Here is the note from the campaign:
Brandon was actively fighting the Klamathon fire on July 5th, 2018. During initial attack, his engine was burned over, and he sustained severe burn injuries to his face. Brandon was flown to UC Davis ICU Burn Center. He has been admitted here since the incident. He is recovering well, considering the injuries. The medical team has been incredible and amazed by the rate of recovery Brandon is making. CalFire has been nothing but amazing and supportive and we are overwhelmed by the brotherhood and support services they have provided.
Brandon’s recovery will limit his ability to return to his normal overtime schedule this fire season. As a firefighter, overtime is where he makes a significant amount of his income. My goal is to help raise funds for Brandon to assist him with personal expenses and bills to cover the year. His income will be significantly affected by this incident and any support will help. We are grateful for all the love and well wishes being sent this way.