Today, Idaho Panhandle National Forest Service would like to take a moment to remember and pay tribute to Brent Witham, who died fighting the Lolo Peak Fire on the Lolo National Forest on August 2, 2017.
Brent Witham served with the Vista Grande Hotshots and is remembered as a skillful, courageous, and compassionate firefighter who came from a lineage of firefighters and was willing to do whatever it took to help others.
Today, they honor Brent and his family by taking a moment to reflect. As you drive on state Highway 12 west of Lolo, look for a memorial highway sign dedicated to Brent.
Brent was born and raised in California and came to the Lolo in support of the 2017 fire season. On his memorial medallion, designer Kara Johnson incorporated the seed of the giant sequoia, the state tree of California, to reflect the timelessness of his legacy.
“Brent lives on in our memories and the Lolo National Forest and greater Forest Service family will never forget his sacrifice,” Idaho Panhandle National Forest said in a Facebook post.