Girl’s death puts California fire toll at 43
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.