Brent Michael Witham


Firefighter Witham was assigned to the Lolo Peak Fire on the Lolo National Forest in Montana.

On August 2, 2017 while conducting felling operations to prepare a fire line for potential burnout operations, Firefighter Witham was struck while falling a tree. He was treated by firefighters at the scene and evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Missoula. Despite all efforts, he did not survive his traumatic injuries.

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office placed the time of death at 1435hrs. The fire was caused by lightning.

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Brent Michael Witham was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

U.S. Forest Service
Northern Region (R1)
26 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, Montana 59804

Chief: Thomas L. Tidwell

Age: 29
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Wildland Full-Time
Incident date: August 2, 2017
Date of death: August 2, 2017
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

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