Christian Dean Johnson, Assistant Fire Chief

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On Sunday, September 1, 2019, the Okanogan Fire Department/Okanogan County Fire District 3 responded to the Spring Coulee wildland fire.  Assistant Chief Christian Dean Johnson and another firefighter were in a brush truck on the north end of the fire when the flames overtook them.  The firefighter with Johnson was able to outrun the fire, but Johnson was unable to escape.  The other firefighter came back to treat him and called for help.  Johnson was airlifted to the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA, where he died on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, from the burn injuries he sustained in the fire.

Department information

Okanogan Fire Department/Okanogan County Fire District 3
235 Oak ST
Okanogan, Washington 98840

Chief: Jerod Gavin

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

Age: 55
Rank: Assistant Fire Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: September 1, 2019 16:30
Date of death: October 2, 2019
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Burns
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property