Incident Name: Red Bench Fire in Glacier National Park, northwestern Montana
Personnel: Patrick David from Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Agency/Organization: Bureau of Indian Affairs
Summary: On September 9, 1988, Patrick David died instantly when hit by a falling, burning 160-foot tree while fighting a fire in Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park, Headquarters
- NWCG Report: Historical Wildland Firefighter Fatalities 1910-1996, page 9 (616 K pdf)
Fire behavior: Unknown
Notes: Killed by falling tree
- Patrick David died on a Glacier National Park fire, not one of the Yellowstone Fires, but here's part of an article that documents his death:
- Yellowstone firefighters braced for worst fire conditions
9/12/1988 | Online Article about western wildfires
Safety precautions were stepped up after a firefighter was killed by a falling tree in Montana Friday, the first death directly attributed to the fires, and a helicopter disappeared in a rugged area of a Washington forest ...
... Firefighters emphasized safety, posting one person in each crew to watch for falling trees, information officer Jim Payne said followinf Friday's fatal accident.
Patrick F. David, 26 , a firefighter from Bonner's Ferry ID was killed when a burning tree fell on him and four companions, officials said.
"There are tons of snags in the area that are smouldering and do and can fall over at any time." Payne said. "We don't want any more injuries out there."
Contributors to this article: Mellie
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