Madera County deputy hurt after piece of fire debris hits him in the face

    A Madera County Sheriff's deputy was hurt after he was hit in the face following an explosion.

    A Madera County deputy was trying to put out a small brush fire when a piece of fire debris hit him in the face.

    It happened around 5:30 a.m. Friday along Highway 41, south of 406.

    According to CalFire, the deputy saw the brush fire on the side of the highway and attempted to put it out with a shovel. At first, crews were investigating the case as an explosion.

    The Madera County Sheriff's Office sent out a press release stating the cause of the deputy's injury was a piece of debris that hit him in the face.

    The fire burn about a half acre.

    The deputy was taken to the hospital and released to return to full duty.

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

    If anyone has information relating to this case, please call the Madera County Sheriff's Office at (559) 675-7770.

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