By Andi Bourne

Firefighter Killed Near Seeley Lake


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Life Flight paramedics and Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department medical personnel care for 19-year-old firefighter Trenton Johnson prior to loading him into Life Flight just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 19. The helicopter crew that medevacked him from the Florence Fire stand in the background.

SEELEY LAKE - Trenton M. Johnson, 19-year-old firefighter from Missoula, sustained injuries from a falling tree while fighting the Florence Fire on the Seeley Lake Ranger District the afternoon of July 19. Johnson was flown to Missoula but was later pronounced deceased at St. Patrick's Hospital.

A small lightning fire was called in Tuesday night five miles northeast of Seeley Lake on Rice Ridge. Wednesday morning, nine firefighters from the Seeley Lake Ranger District began suppression operations on the Florence Fire.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., a 10-person squad from the Missoula-based...

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