Loss of San Bernardino National Forest Employee

Release Date: Aug 3, 2017  

U.S. Forest Service News Release
Pacific Southwest Region
San Bernardino National Forest

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News Release
Contact: Gerrelaine Alcordo
Date: August 3, 2017


Loss of San Bernardino National Forest Employee

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., August 3, 2017It is with great sadness that San Bernardino National Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron announces the loss of firefighter Brent Witham. Brent died yesterday on the Lolo Peak Fire, burning on the Lolo National Forest in western Montana.

Brent, 29, began his firefighting career first as a member of the Tahquitz Hand Crew, in 2011; then as a firefighter on Engine-56, in 2013; and most recently, as a member of the San Bernardino’s Vista Grande Hotshots since 2015. During fire hiring in the fall of 2015, Brent was selected as an apprentice of what promised to be an outstanding career.

“Our hearts go out to Brent’s family, friends, fellow Vista Grande Hotshots, the Forest Service, and the entire wildland fire community,” said Noiron. “Brent was a hardworking professional, who was eager to learn and be the best that he could be—he will be missed by all he touched.”

Further details regarding the cause of death are pending a Forest Service investigation.

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