The casket of Draper Battalion Chief Matt Burchett is carried from the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. | Ravell Call, Deseret News SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The widow of a Utah firefighter who was killed when a supertanker dropped nearly 20,000 gallons of fire retardant near his position fighting a Northern California fire is suing Cal Fire and the aircraft company for alleged negligence. Draper City Draper Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett State investigators found 42-year-old battalion chief Matthew Burchett of Draper, Utah, died last August when fire retardant was dropped from an aircraft flying barely above the treetops because spotters mistakenly sent it on a route too close to the...
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Firefighter’s widow sues over California fire death