Timber faller dies on a fire in Washington state

An individual working as a timber faller on the Wenatchee Complex Fire near Entiat, Washington became ill on the fire line Monday afternoon, September 17. According to a news release by the Incident Management Team, he was treated by incident medical personnel and transported to a nearby hospital. He passed away later Monday evening.

At the request of the family, the individual’s name is being withheld.

We offer our sincere condolences to the family.

UPDATE at 12:19 p.m. MT, September 19, 2012:

Today the Incident Management Team on the Wenatchee Complex Fire identified the deceased as Chris Seelye, a timber faller from Darby, Montana.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

4 thoughts on “Timber faller dies on a fire in Washington state”

  1. This man was a real hero–just like all of the firefighters who are so very brave and willing to put their lives on the line to protect our families and our homes. My husband and I are teaching our boys that these men and women are the types of heroes that they should look up to, not the sports figures who seem to set many bad examples in their private lives. My heart and prayers go out to his family and to the thosands of firefighters who are in danger. We won’t forget what they are doing for us.

    1. I was concerned it was a friend of mine who is a
      faller working that fire. The community is a small one, condolences and prayers go out
      to the Family…

  2. Death of a fellow Wildland Fire Fighter is always shocking to me. Falling Fire damaged trees is an incredibly dangerous task. I have the utmost respect and admiration for these men. Few men nowadays are cut from the same cloth as this man who died. My thanks go out to him and all Fallers for their selfless dedication to a task so perilous.

  3. That’s so horrible! condolences to his family and a huge thank you for his service.

    If you know what the Illness was would you post. Thank you


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