Ventura County firefighter killed in crash en route to Vandenberg
September 21, 2016
A Ventura County fire engineer died Wednesday morning in a vehicle crash while en route to the Canyon Fire at Vandenberg Air Force base. The crash occurred at a roundabout where Highway 246 meets Purisima Road in rural Lompoc.
The Ventura County Fire Department has identified the deceased engineer as Ryan Osler. Fire officials have not disclosed Osler’s age.
Osler was travelling in a water tanker, which rolled over, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. A second firefighter suffered minor injuries in the accident and was transported to a local hospital.
It is unclear what caused the crash, though there may have been fog in the area at the time. The Canyon Fire has now burned more than 12,000 acres and is approximately 50 percent contained.