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Valley Center man killed in bee attack identified

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VALLEY CENTER (CBS 8) - It's swarming season for bees and just one sting could be fatal for someone with a bee allergy.

On Thursday, a Valley Center man was killed when he was attacked by a swarm of bees while working on his property.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner has identified the man killed yesterday in Valley Center.

Deputies say Bruce Umland was clearing brush from his property when the bees attacked.

Firefighters were called to his Valley Center home on Thursday around 2 p.m. When they arrived, they found Bruce Umland in medical distress.

Deputies say the 65-year-old was stung by several bees while conducting a controlled burn on his property.

Investigators suspect the smoke from the fire may have disturbed the beehive and caused the insects to swarm.

Umland was not allergic to bees but was stung at least three times. Paramedics tried to save his life but he died at the scene.

Also on Thursday, a 71-year-old Palm Desert woman was attacked by a swarm of about 80,000 bees. Firefighters say despite being stung as many as 1,000 times, the woman is in stable condition.

Bee experts say it's swarming season and the insects are usually bothered by loud noises.

If bees attack you, be prepared to run up to a quarter of a mile until you can find shelter in the form of a house, car or tent. And as you run try to protect your face and throat with a jacket or shirt.

Although most people are not allergic to bees, if you're stung and suffer from a swollen throat or a sudden drop in blood pressure call 911.

But if you only experience minor swelling near the bee sting site, doctors say you can take care of the pain at home.

Deputies did not want to elaborate but they say Bruce Umland did suffer from an existing medical condition.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

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