Crushed by tree weakened by Zogg Fire, cruiser totaled – Deputies uninjured

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — Two Shasta County sheriff’s deputies were lucky to walk away after a large tree, damaged and weakened by the ongoing Zogg Fire, toppled over onto their police cruiser Tuesday evening, Sept. 29.

Although neither deputy was injured, their vehicle was “totaled”, according to Sheriff’s officials who later reported the incident on social media.


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“Last night a Shasta County Sheriff cruiser was crushed by a falling tree within the burned area,” officials wrote in their social media post. “Thankfully both Deputies are uninjured, but the cruiser was totaled.”

Officials say a Shasta County Sheriff’s Office cruiser was “totaled” after a fire-weakened tree toppled over on top of it, crushing a portion of the vehicle’s roof. Shasta County Sheriff’s Office photos

“We want to continue to stress that no one should enter closed areas before they have been reopened,” said officials. “The men and women working this fire are working tirelessly to get keep our community safe and get you back home as soon as possible.”

“Before they can allow people back in an area they must access multiple factors to ensure everyone’s safety,” the post continued; adding, “Hazardous tress, utilities, hot spots, and making sure roadways are cleared are just a few of the factors they address to before allowing re-entry.”

As of today’s latest update, the swift moving and aggressive Zogg Fire, which began the afternoon of Sept. 27, has burned more than 56,000 acres.

Nearly 1,800 fire personnel from 196 engine companies, 55 water tenders, 14 helicopters, 39 hand crews, 17 dozers, and others are continuing to battle the wildfire and today reported 76% containment of the massive blaze.


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A total of 203 structures have been destroyed and an additional 27 structures have been damaged by the wildfire; which has resulted in four confirmed deaths, as well as one firefighter-related injury.

Although some closures and evacuation orders have been lifted and repopulation of some areas has begun, numerous areas remain evacuated and many road closures and areas remain closed to the public. Those closures and evacuated areas can be seen in the attached Incident Update from Cal Fire-Shasta Trinity.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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