Local fire departments, government officials react to death of Utah firefighter

After news broke late Monday night that a Utah firefighter who died while battling a California fire, local departments immediately began to express their sorrow. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- After news broke that a Utah firefighter had died Monday night while battling a California fire, local Utah fire departments and government officials immediately began to express their sorrow.

The Draper City fireman left his wife and 7-year-old son in early August with 37 fellow firefighters to help fight the largest fires in California's history.

The Associated Press reported that Cal Fire Division Chief Todd Derum told the Press Democrat that Burchett was battling flames in the Mendocino Fire Complex, downstream of a dam, when a tree fell on him and other firefighters.

He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries when he died.

The Draper City fireman is among six firefighters who have now died in connection with the massive wildfires burning in Northern California.

Gov. Herbert, Mitt Romney, North Tooele Fire, Utah Fire Info and many other departments and government officials all took to social media to express their deepest condolences.

Read their statements below:

Gov. Gary Herbert


Mitt Romney


Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox


North Tooele Fire

Santaquin City Fire/ EMS

Santaquin City Fire/EMS posted the following message on Facebook:

One of our brothers working the #MendicinoComplex fire with the Utah Task Force won't be coming home to his family. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and coworkers. The ones from Santaquin are safe at this writing. We hope to see them home soon. RIP Brother, we'll take it from here.


Utah Fire Info


Logan City Fire


Lehi Fire

Lehi Fire Chief Jeremy Craft posted the following message on Facebook:

It is a sad day for Utah firefights. My deepest condolences to Draper Fire department. Rest easy brother, we will take it from here.


Draper City


Mayor Ben McAdams


Uintah City Fire Department


Provo City



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