FF Madsen began working in natural resources in Idaho’s Teton Valley as a Youth Conservation Corp member, later moving into the fire program where she served as a crew member on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest’s Centennial Type II Initial Attack Hand Crew from 2017-2019. This year was her first year as part of the Helena Hot Shot crew with the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.
Firefighters put out the fire and found the family members’ bodies while searching the trailer.
Marcaria Garcia-Martinez, 32, her daughters Luz Garcia-Martinez, 17, and Michelle Garcia-Martinez, 6, and son Luis Garcia-Martinez, 15, died from asphyxia due to smoke inhalation. He said the family had just moved into the trailer on the day of the fire.
Raul Garcia-Santos, Garcia-Martinez’s husband and the children’s father, is a wildland firefighter and was about four hours away fighting the Palmer Fire, which burned about 17,988 acres in north-central Washington. Although Benton County Fire Protection has programs that provide free smoke detectors, Duncan said the Garcia-Martinez trailer was not equipped with them. A horrible loss. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.