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Vermont-Based Hotshot Firefighter Killed in Nevada Fire

Justin Beebe was a member of the Lolo Hotshots

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U.S. Forest Service

A Vermont firefighter was killed while fighting a wildfire in Nevada over the weekend, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Justin Beebe of Westminster was killed Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a tree while fighting the Strawberry Fire, which is burning near the Nevada-Utah line about 200 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

"This loss of life is tragic and heartbreaking," Great Basin National Park Superintendent Steve Mietz said in a statement.

The fire, which started Monday after a lightning strike, is a 4,600-acre blaze and involves more than 400 firefighters.

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