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UPDATE: Missing Wildland Firefighter Found

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UPDATE: The missing wildland firefighter has been found alive by search crews. He was located walking along a forest road, several miles from the fire he was hiking to on Sunday. He was transported to the hospital. His condition is unknown.



Search and rescue crews try to find a missing wildland firefighter, who was on his way to meet crewmates mopping up the one-acre Weasel Fire on the Bitterroot National Forest near Darby.

Tod McKay, spokesman for the Bitterroot National Forest, says the firefighter, who works on a USFS crew out of Darby, had radioed his crewmates Sunday, telling them he would hike in and meet them to continue mop up of the small fire.

McKay says when he failed to arrive, his crew searched along the well-marked trail for more than an hour before calling emergency dispatch.

The Ravalli County Search and Rescue Team, Sheriff's Office and Forest Service crews began searching for him last night and are continuing Monday, with the help of two helicopters and grounds crews.

McKay says they suspect the man may have had some kind of medical emergency, as he was familiar with the trail leading into the mop-up site. He says the man had helped put out the fire Saturday and would have been familiar with it's coordinates.

McKay says the only other fire activity in the area is the Lost Horse Fire burning 10 miles southwest of Hamilton, which has now grown to 55 acres.


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