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A wildland firefighter died Saturday, Nov. 10, while fighting a fire in rugged, steep terrain of the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee.

Harold Strode, 46, a seasoned firefighter and full-time employee of the state, was killed while working with a team of six on a fireline in the heavily wooded area. A firestorm in the dense, burning area overtook the crew. Five of the firefighters were able to cross the fireline to safety in the burned out area.

According to Tom Womack, a spokesman from the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture, the fire started Friday and burned about 50 acres before firefighters brought it under control. The fire flared up again Saturday and crews moved back in.

Womack said the crew had access to fire shelters but were not carrying them on their person at the time. It took nearly six hours to remove the survivors and Strode