West Yellowstone smokejumper killed fighting fire in New Mexico

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. – A U.S. Forest Service smokejumper who fought wildfires in Montana has passed away.

According to a release from the U.S. Forest Service, Tim Hart died from his injuries he received while battling a fire in New Mexico.

Hart launched his career fighting fires as an engine crew member on the Coconino National Forest and then the Fremont-Winema National Forest in 2006. Later, he became a lead forestry technician on an engine at Shoshone National Forest in 2009. In 20210, he was assigned lead firefighter on the Asheville Interagency Hotshot Crew, according to the release.