Firefighter Battling Montana Fire Bitten by Rattlesnake

The firefighter was flown to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula and treated with anit-venom.


A firefighter battling a wildfire in the Bitterroot National Forest was bitten by a rattlesnake Tuesday.

The unidentified firefighter was part of a crew protecting structures from the flames on the North Star Ranch in the West Fork Ranger District of the forest, according to The Ravalli Republic.

The firefighter was flown to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula and treated with anit-venom.

Bitterroot Forest information officer Tod McKay told the newspaper that the firefighter is OK.

The crew was trying to lessen the damage to structures from the 4,077-acre Ditch Fire, which had just crossed over into Montana from Idaho.