West Yellowstone smokejumper dies after sustaining injuries in the line of duty


photo courtesy: Hart Family/Custer-Gallatin National Forest (via Facebook)

CUSTER-GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST, MONT. — West Yellowstone-based smokejumper Tim Hart has died following injuries sustained while fighting the Eicks Fire in southern New Mexico on May 24.

Early on in his career, he worked as an engine crew member on the Coconino, Fremont-Winema, and Shoshone National Forests. Hart also worked as Lead Firefighter on the Asheville and Ruby Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crews.

Hart began smokejumping in 2016 in Grangeville, Idaho, and transferred to West Yellowstone in 2019, where he served as both a Squad Leader and Spotter.

“Our hearts go out to Tim’s family, loved ones, friends, fellow Forest Service employees, and the entire wildland fire community and I ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow while respecting the family’s privacy,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen.

Hart grew up in Illinois and lived in Cody, Wyoming, with his wife, Michelle, and dog, Dash.

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