Falling Tree Kills Firefighter in Montana

19-year old firefighter killed by falling tree snag


MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old firefighter has died after being struck by a falling tree while responding to a blaze in western Montana.

Missoula County sheriff’s officials say Trenton Johnson of Missoula died from his injuries Wednesday afternoon in a hospital.

Johnson worked for a Merlin, Oregon-based private firefighting contractor called Grayback Forestry Inc.

Grayback officials said in a statement that Johnson was part of a 20-person attack crew responding to a fire in the Lolo National Forest.

The Florence Fire is burning north of Seeley Lake.

Sheriff’s officials say they are investigating.

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