Forest Service firefighter dies battling Nevada wildfire

BAKER, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say a Forest Service firefighter has died after being hit by a tree while battling a blaze in eastern Nevada.

Federal officials say Justin Beebe of Bellows Falls, Vermont, died after the incident Saturday afternoon near Baker, Nevada. His age wasn’t immediately known.

Officials with the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and Great Basin National Park are expected to work on the investigation.

Beebe was in his first year as a member of the Lolo Hotshots based in Missoula, Montana.

He was working on a fire that was sparked by lightning on Aug. 8. There are 434 people working to stop the fire, which is now 59 percent contained.

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