Forest Service Loses Another Firefighter In the line of Duty

Aug 9, 2015 12:08 PM by News Staff

(AP) The U.S. Forest Service says one of its firefighters was killed Saturday evening in the Lake Tahoe area after he was struck by a tree while battling a wildfire. The agency says in a news release that the firefighter was hit about 5:30 p.m. while working in a remote area between the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Eldorado National Forest.

Forest Service officials have not yet released the firefighters' name or age. The Forest Service says a second male firefighter who was also injured in the incident has been treated and released from a nearby hospital.

This is the second Forest Service firefighter to die in the line of duty in eight days.

38-year-old David Ruhl, an engine captain from Rapid City, South Dakota, died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning while fighting the Frog Fire in Modoc National Forest in California, where he was on temporary assignment.

Ruhl went missing July 31, and his body was discovered the next morning.


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