The U.S. Forest Service is confirming the death of Black Hills National Forest Engine Captain, David Ruhl, who was reported missing Thursday evening, July 30th during an initial attack on the Frog Fire on the Modoc National Forest.
According to details released by the Forest Service Sunday afternoon the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office was called for assistance in searching for the missing firefighter.
“With the leadership of Undersheriff Ken Richardson,” detailed the report, “search and rescue personnel started the initial search at approximately 8:00p.m., July 30th. The initial search effort continued until about midnight when it was halted because of hazardous fire conditions. Efforts began again at 6:00a.m., July 31st and the victim’s body was discovered at 9:17a.m.”