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Firefighter killed in the Ferguson Fire identified

Posted at 3:32 PM, Jul 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-29 18:32:32-04

A firefighter battling the Ferguson Fire was killed in the line of the duty on Sunday, according to the National Park Service.

He was identified as Brian Hughes, a captain of the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots. Hughes was 33.

Hughes was struck by a tree during tactical firing operation on the east side of the Ferguson Fire. This is the second firefighter death in the Ferguson Fire.

“The team at Sequoia and Kings National Parks is devastated by this terrible news,” says parks superintendent Woody Smeck. “Our deepest condolences go out to the firefighter’s family and loved ones. We grieve this loss with you.”

Hughes was originally from Hilo, Hawaii. He was with the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots for four years.