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Wyoming smokejumper dies of injuries suffered in New Mexico

Wildfires: Thousands of acres ablaze in California, Colorado and New Mexico
Posted at 12:21 PM, Jun 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-03 14:21:33-04

BOZEMAN, Mont. — A Wyoming smokejumper has died of injuries suffered last month while fighting a wildfire in New Mexico.

The U.S. Forest Service says Tim Hart of Cody suffered a hard fall on May 24 while responding to a fire in Hidalgo County, New Mexico. Hart was flown via air ambulance to a hospital in El Paso, Texas where he died Wednesday evening.

Hart was working for the West Yellowstone, Smokejumpers in Montana at the time of his death. He had been a wildland firefighter since 2006, also working in North Carolina, Arizona, Oregon, Wyoming, Nevada and Idaho.

The cause of his injuries is still under investigation.