BAKER, Nev. (KOLO)-- A firefighter on the Strawberry Fire in the Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada died Saturday when he was hit by a falling tree, fire officials announced Sunday.
Justin Beebe of Bellows Falls, Vermont, was a member of the Lolo Hotshots with the U.S. Forest Service. The incident happened Saturday afternoon and the Forest Service is investigating this as a line-of-duty death.
“This loss of life is tragic and heartbreaking,” Great Basin National Park Superintendent, Steve Mietz said in a statement “Please keep the family and Forest Service employees in your thoughts and prayers during this time.”
According to the Lolo crew’s web page, they were founded in 1961 and were one of the first hotshot crews in the United States. They are based in Missoula, Montana.
Hotshots are more highly trained hand crews.