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Douglas William Gilbert


Pilot Gilbert was operating a single-engine air tanker while fighting a 500-acre fire. The Cottonwood Creek Fire was located in the Idaho backcountry south of the Salmon River. Pilot Gilbert was preparing to make his second retardant drop of the day and was in radio contact with firefighters on the ground and with other aircraft. For reasons unknown, the aircraft crashed. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident. (The NTSB report is available on-line at -- use NTSB Accident Number SEA01FA127)
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Douglas William Gilbert 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

Idaho Department of Lands
3702 Industrial Ave.
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83815

Chief: Brian Shiplett

Age: 52
Rank: Pilot
Classification: Career
Incident date: July 10, 2001 11:14
Date of death: July 10, 2001
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Last updated: March 27, 2018