Firefighter-Pilot Killed in Crash While Battling ID Fire

Schill Fire
Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management Idaho

A firefighting pilot died earlier this month in an air tanker crash at an Idaho wildfire. The U.S. Fire Administration had details about the fatality.

On September 22, 2020, Firefighter/Pilot Ricky Fulton—flying for Aero S.E.A.T. Incorporated out of Sterling, Colorado—died after his single-engine air tanker crashed while he was fighting the Schill Fire near Emmett, Idaho. The crash occurred under unknown circumstances and remains under investigation.

The aircraft that Firefighter/Pilot Fulton was flying, T-857, was owned by Aero S.E.A.T. Incorporated and was on an on-call contract with BLM Fire and Aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. The Schill Fire started the afternoon of September 22, 2020, in brush and steep terrain. It was contained later that night after it burned about 30 acres. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Fulton was 58 years old.

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