Girl’s death puts Cal­i­for­nia fire toll at 43

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

RED­WOOD VAL­LEY, Calif. — A teenage girl died in a hos­pi­tal three weeks af­ter she was se­verely burned in a fire that tore through Cal­i­for­nia’s Men­do­cino County, rais­ing the num­ber of those killed in the state’s wild­fires this month to 43.

Kressa Shep­herd, 17, died Sun­day night at a Sacra­mento hos­pi­tal, her aunt, Mindi Ramos, said Mon­day.

Doc­tors at Shriners Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren no­ticed Kressa did not reg­is­ter pain dur­ing a change of the dress­ing on her burns, Ramos said. Af­ter per­form­ing a CAT scan, they de­ter­mined she was brain-dead, the aunt said.

A neigh­bor found Kressa, who was a ju­nior at Ukiah High School, and her mother, Sara, ly­ing on the ground out­side their home in a ru­ral neigh­bor­hood in Red­wood Val­ley. Both had more than half their bod­ies burned.

Kressa’s brother, 14-year-old Kai Shep­herd, was found dead. First re­spon­ders found their fa­ther, Jon Shep­herd, sep­a­rately, on the moun­tain. He was also badly burned but alive.

Sara, 40, and Jon Shep­herd, 44, re­main hos­pi­tal­ized and have gone through sev­eral graft­ing surg­eries.

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