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Firefighter on Lolo Peak blaze killed by falling tree

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A firefighter was killed by a falling tree while fighting a Western Montana wildfire for the second time this summer.

Medical crews were called around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon with the report of a firefighter who’d been struck by a tree while working with a crew in the McClain Creek area south of Lolo. Efforts were made to get the injured firefighter down to a landing zone where he could be evacuated by helicopter.

Now, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is confirming that the firefighter was killed in the incident. Sheriff TJ McDermott says further details of the accident will be available once the investigation is complete and family members have been notified.

"Sheriff McDermott is sad to announce that a firefighter assigned to the Lolo Peak fire was killed Wednesday afternoon. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office is conducting the coroner investigation.

Further details will be available once the investigation is complete and family members of the victims family have been notified.

Please keep wild land firefighters on the Lolo Peak fire and firefighters across the nation in your thoughts and prayers."

It was  on July 19 that Trenton Johnson of Missoula, a Hellgate High School graduate, was killed after he was hit by a falling tree while working on a fire near Seeley Lake.


For the second time in a couple of weeks, a firefighter has been hit by a falling tree while working on a Western Montana fire.

Medical crews were called around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon with the report of a firefighter who’d been struck by a tree while working with a crew in the McClain Creek area south of Lolo. Efforts were being made to get the injured firefighter down to a landing zone where he could be evacuated by helicopter.

There was no immediate word on the extent of the firefighter’s injuries. However, we do know that the Missoula County Sheriff's Office has dispatched a coroner to the Lolo Peak Fire to help with an investigation. The MCSO wasn’t confirming if that call was directly tied to the injured firefighter.

It was July 19 that Trenton Johnson of Missoula, a Hellgate High School graduate, was killed after he was hit by a falling tree while working on a fire near Seeley Lake.

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