Wildland firefighter Daniel Holmes, age 26, (shown at right) of Bellingham, Washington was killed Saturday when he was hit by a falling dead tree while fighting a fire in the Kings Canyon National Park.
The National Park Service has announced that Wildland firefighter Daniel Holmes, age 26, of Bellingham, Washington was killed yesterday when he was hit by a falling dead tree on the Grant West Prescribed Fire in Kings Canyon National Park. The accident occurred shortly after operations began at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 2. With four acres ignited, the top of a 100-foot white fir tree unexpectedly fell where firefighters were working, striking Holmes.
Approximately 20 firefighters witnessed the accident and provided immediate medical assistance. Holmes passed away while being transported to a Lifeflight landing zone in the park. Daniel never regained consciousness after the accident and was pronounced dead by the Lifeflight medical crew. Holmes was a crewmember of the Arrowhead Hotshots, an elite firefighting crew that responds to large fires across the country. The National Park Service has two such crews: Arrowhead Hotshots at Kings Canyon and Alpine Hotshots at Rocky Mountain National Park. For more information about the crew, go to http://www.arrowheadhotshots.org/