United States Fire Administration
29 July 2022
The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Pilot Thomas Hayes, 41, contracted to the Salmon-Challis National Forest on 21 July 2022.
On Thursday, July 21, 2022, Pilots Thomas Hayes and Jared Bird were fighting the Moose fire in Idaho when their helicopter crashed into the Salmon River. Both pilots were transported to the hospital, but died from their injuries a short time later.
Classification: Wildland Contract
Incident date: July 21, 2022 4:45 p.m.
Date of death: July 21, 2022
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision – Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property
The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 62.
Go here to read the number of interior line of duty deaths for 2022.
Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.
For more information about on-duty deaths as recorded by the United States Fire Administration go to “Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.”