Helicopter crashes while responding to Northern California fire

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — A helicopter crashed while responding to the Lava Fire burning in Northern California Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Authorities said the pilot was able to walk away and is being assessed.

The Lava Fire has burned more than 25,000 acres in Siskiyou County and was 72% contained at last check.

Lighting is believed to be the cause of the blaze, which first sparked on June 24.

Seventeen structures have been destroyed — including 12 homes — and four firefighters have been injured.

No other details were immediately available.

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