CAMPTONVILLE (CBS13) – The body of a Tahoe National Forest firefighter was found lying in a Yuba County road over the weekend.
Michael Patrick Kelly II, 32, was found dead on Marysville Road in Camptonville early Saturday morning, according to a statement from Tahoe National Forest officials.
Kelly had been working as a squad boss of Tahoe Hotshots crew, which is headquartered in Camptonville, a small town 36 miles northeast of Marysville. He began working for the forest service in 2003. During that time, in addition to being a hotshot boss, he worked as a firefighter on fire engines and as a smoke jumper.
“This is a tragic loss for Mike’s family, for Tahoe National Forest, and for the fire-fighting community,” said Tahoe Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn.
Kelly’s death is being investigated by the CHP and the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office.
Cards and condolences can be sent care of the Yuba River Ranger District, 15924 Highway 49, Camptonville, CA 95922.