Off-duty firefighter missing in California forest

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Associated Press

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM

FILLMORE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Southern California have resumed the search for an Arcadia firefighter who went missing Friday in Los Padres National Forest after chasing his dog during a backpacking trip.

Sheriff's Capt. Rob Davidson says searchers fanned out again early Wednesday, looking in rugged terrain for 34-year-old Michael Herdman.

Herdman was hiking with a friend near the Tar Creek trail when he went running after his dog and disappeared. He was barefoot and wearing only shorts and a T-shirt.

It took the friend two days to hike out of the area and alert authorities.

Rescuers in the air and on horseback are searching the mountains above Fillmore.

Herdman is a firefighter and paramedic with the Arcadia Fire Department.

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