A second firefighter has died battling the massive Ferguson Fire, burning just miles from Yosemite National Park.
According to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks officials, 33-year-old Brian Hughes died after being struck by a tree. They say he was treated on scene, but died before he could be taken to the hospital.
“The team at Sequoia and Kings National Parks is devastated by this terrible news,” said parks superintendent Woody Smeck in a statement. “Our deepest condolences go out to the firefighter’s family and loved ones. We grieve this loss with you.”
Hughes and his crew were engaged in a tactical firing operation on the east side of the wildfire at the time of the incident. According to the statement, they were working in an area "with a large amount of tree mortality."
Hughes was originally from Hilo, Hawaii and served as captain of the elite Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots.