Firefighter fighting Frog Fire died of Carbon Monoxide, Smoke Inhalation

Aug 4, 2015 7:50 PM by News Staff

The autopsy results for the U.S Forest Engine Captain David Ruhl shows his death was attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation.

David Ruhl, who was from Rapid City, South Dakota, was on temporary assignment when responding to the Frog fire burning in the Modoc National Forest.

The engine captain went missing the evening of July 30 while engaged in initial attack on the Frog Fire.

According to Forest officials, Ruhl was in a vehicle Thursday looking for way to fight the blaze, when fire officials lost contact with him.

The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office was called for assistance in searching for Ruhl. Search and rescue personnel started the initial search at approximately 8:00 p.m., according to the press release.

The victim’s body was discovered at 9:17 a.m. Friday, according to the press release.

The U.S. Forest Service has launched a Coordinated Response Protocol team to the Frog Fire fatality. The team is comprised of staff with technical expertise in specialty areas such as fire management, fire behavior, proper protective equipment and human factors/performance.

The Frog fire has burned about 4,745 acres and is 50 percent contained, it is burning 25 miles northwest of Bieber, Calif. The wildfire was caused by lighting in the area last week.


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