Second Canadian FF Killed Battling Raging Wildfires

July 17, 2023
The death of the firefighter Saturday came just days after Devyn Gale, 19, was killed by a falling tree.

Four the second time in days, a wildland firefighter has been killed while a fire in British Columbia.

The male firefighter, whose name has not been released, died after an incident on Saturday, CBC News reported.

The Fort Liard resident's death came two days after Firefighter Devyn Gale, 19, was killed after being trapped under a tree that hit her while she was clearing brush near a fire in a remote area near Revelstoke, B.C.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and community. We share your deep sorrow at this loss," Wildfire Information Officer Jessica Davey-Quantick said in a statement.

"We send our deepest condolences to all those affected by this tragedy, including wildfire personnel who are committed to protecting their communities and the residents of the Northwest Territory..."

The last such death in British Columbia was in 2015, when firefighter John Phare was killed after he was struck by a falling tree during a fire on the province’s Sunshine Coast. Five years earlier, Tim Whiting and Brian Tilley, two airtanker pilots, died in a plane crash near the town of Lytton, reporters noted.