USFA: Forest Service On-Duty Death

Vista Grande Hotshot killed fighting Montana wildfire



The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Brent M. Witham, 29, of the U.S. Forest Service on August 2, 2017.

Firefighter Brent Witham was struck and killed by a falling tree while working on the Lolo Peak fire in western Montana. Witham was given CPR and other emergency medical aid by fellow firefighters and was then airlifted to a hospital in Missoula, Montana. Despite all efforts, Witham passed away as a result of his injuries. Firefighter Witham was a member of the Vista Grande Hotshot crew based in Idyllwild, California.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Witham at


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