Great Basin National Park, Lolo National Forest, Ely District Bureau of Land Management and White Pine County officials said they were deeply saddened to confirm a Forest Service firefighter lost his life while working on the Strawberry Fire near Baker, Nev.
The deceased was identified as Justin Beebe of Bellows Fallas, Vermont. He was a member of the Lolo Hotshots based in Region 1 with the US Forest Service.
The fire crew member succumbed to injuries suffered when struck by a tree during fire fighting efforts on the afternoon of Aug. 13. The Forest Service is investigating this line-of-duty death.
“This loss of life is tragic and heartbreaking,” said Park Superintendent Steve Miet. “Please keep the family and Forest Service employees in your thoughts and prayers during this time.”
The Strawberry Fire started on Aug. 8 and is being managed jointly by Great Basin Incident Management Team 7, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management.