Utility worker, 21, becomes the ninth victim of California’s raging wildfires as President Trump blames Golden State’s ‘bad environmental laws’ for the disaster

Monday, August 6, 2018
By Paul Martin

Jairus Ayeta, 21, died while working to restore power in Shasta County, California
Ayeta was a power linesman for PG&E power company
He is the ninth victim of the raging wildfires to die
Tens of thousands of firefighters are still trying to get Carr Fire under control

5 August 2018

The fierce wildfires in California have claimed the life of another victim – a linesman who was trying to restore power.

Officials said Sunday Jairus Ayeta, 21, was killed by California’s Carr wildfire – now the state’s sixth most destructive – while working.

The Carr Fire, located some 200 miles north of San Francisco, is still growing, CalFire said Sunday. Its intensity was so great at one point, that it generated a tornado-like whirl of fire – as well as its own weather system.

It comes as President Donald Trump seemingly blames the state’s environmental laws for the ongoing disaster.

Pacific Gas & Electric identified the worker Sunday as Jairus Ayeta, who was killed in a remote area of Shasta county where crews were working to restore electricity.

‘The safety of our employees and our customers is PG&E’s top priority. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fallen team member, his family and our extended team,’ the company said in a statement.

‘We are working with law enforcement to investigate the circumstances of the incident,’ it added.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Ayeta’s family.

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