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Brent M. Witham

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.

Department Information

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

Chief: Thomas L. Tidwell

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 29 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Wildland Full-Time 
Incident date: Aug 2, 2017 
Date of death: Aug 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