Report: Firefighter who died became trapped by flames

This undated file photo provided by Cal Fire shows Fire Apparatus Engineer Cory Iverson, right, with his wife, Ashley, and their daughter. A preliminary report by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection found Iverson died battling the Thomas Fire last month in Ventura County after becoming trapped in a dead-end gulch. (Courtesy of Cal Fire via AP, File)

SAN DIEGO — A state firefighter who died battling the largest wildfire recorded in California’s modern history was putting out a spot fire when he found himself trapped by the flames being fanned by gusty winds, fire officials said.