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NEWS RELEASE

July 23, 2007 11:30 a.m.

At approximately 1015 a.m. on Monday, July 23, 2007, a type 2 helicopter was reported down on the Elk Fire burning within the Klamath National Forest. One fatality is confirmed and the pilot's name will be released pending family notification. The cause of the crash is under investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. Fire crews and additional helicopter support are working to suppress a small ground fire associated with the crash.

The Elk Fire is one of 30 fires burning within the Elk Complex, Happy Camp Ranger District, Klamath National Forest. The Complex is 9,085 acres at 22% containment. Currently, there are 1,145 personnel assigned. The California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 is managing the Complex.

Additional information on the Elk Complex may be obtained by visiting http://www.inciweb.org/ (including other fires) or by calling the Klamath National Forest Fire Information Center at (530) 841-4451. Information on fire restrictions and area closures is available on the Klamath National Forest web site at www.fs.fed.us/r5/klamath/conditons/.