SAN MATEO COUNTY (CBS SF) — Fire crews on Tuesday afternoon were forced to airlift a tree worker seriously injured by a falling tree near Pescadero, according to authorities.
Calfire officials confirmed that the incident near the Pescadero area in San Mateo County, not far from Butano State Park.READ MORE: COVID: Marin County Prepares To Move Into Least Restrictive Yellow Tier
A tweet by the Calfire CZU Twitter account later said that a tree worker suffered major injuries after being struck by a falling tree at around 3:30 p.m.
Firefighters used a rope system to get the victim 300 feet down a steep hill prior to loading him into a medivac helicopter provided by Stanford Life Flight, which airlifted the victim to a hospital for treatment shortly before 5 p.m.
TREE INJURY: A man has been rescued from a steep hillside and airlifted to the hospital with major injuries. Today around 3:30, the tree worker was hit by a falling tree near Pescadero. Firefighters used a rope system to extricate him 300 feet down a steep hill. pic.twitter.com/EBXn7rC13J
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Authorities said the San Mateo County Fire Department, the Coastside Fire Department, the Loma Mar Fire Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the incident.
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Butano State Park is currently closed because of the fires from last year. The incident took place just outside the CZU Lightning Complex burn area.