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UPDATED: Gov. Little Orders Flags to Fly Half-Staff for Two Fallen Firefighters

BOISE – The Governor’s flag directive honoring two fallen firefighters last week has been updated.

U.S. and State of Idaho flags will continue to fly half-staff until sunset on Friday, July 29, 2022.

The two pilots were tragically killed in a helicopter crash while responding to the Moose Fire burning near Salmon in Lemhi County.

Governor Little issued the following statement last week:

“Our hearts our heavy with the news that we lost two firefighters, Thomas ‘Tommy’ Hayes of Post Falls and Jared Bird of Anchorage, Alaska, in the line of duty on the Moose Fire burning near Salmon. The men were experienced pilots, and both served our country in the armed forces. Our brave firefighters face extremely challenging conditions head on to protect lives, property, and the land. Idahoans are praying for the loved ones and colleagues of these firefighters as we grieve this tremendous loss. This tragedy will be deeply felt by the families and by the wildland firefighting community,” Governor Little said.