Lineman Jairus Ayeta died while working near the Carr Fire, a large wildfire that burned 229,651 acres in northern California before being contained on August 30, 2018. Ayeta was 21 years old and from Uganda. He worked as an apprentice lineman and was part of a PG&E crew working in dangerous terrain to restore power when he was involved in a vehicle-related accident.

Wildfires pose serious risks to utility workers. Before firemen come out, linemen have to kill the power; firemen can’t shoot water on electricity. It’s obviously dangerous work. After the fire goes through, there is restoration.

Source: Fox40 TV