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Ricky Lee Fulton

Firefighter/Pilot

On September 22, 2020, Firefighter/Pilot Ricky Fulton died after his single-engine air tanker crashed while he was fighting the Schill Fire near Emmett, Idaho. The crash occurred under unknown circumstances and remains under investigation. The aircraft that Firefighter/Pilot Fulton was flying, T-857, was owned by Aero S.E.A.T. Incorporated and was on an on-call contract with BLM Fire and Aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. The Schill Fire started the afternoon of September 22, 2020, in brush and steep terrain. It was contained later that night after it burned about 30 acres. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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

Department information

Aero S.E.A.T Incorporated
12502 County Road 27
Sterling, Colorado 80751

Chief: Patrick Mertens, President

Age: 58
Rank: Firefighter/Pilot
Classification: Wildland Contract
Incident date: September 22, 2020 18:46
Date of death: September 22, 2020
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Water Supply
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Last updated: February 16, 2021

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