Montana firefighter dies in crash while returning from fire assignment
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: September 4, 2020


From the U.S. Forest Service:

Yesterday, we tragically lost a member of our firefighting and forest service family in a vehicle accident as she returned home from a fire assignment. Nothing is so devastating and tragic as losing a family member, a loved one, a friend, or a close colleague. The heartbreak is often compounded when that precious life is lost at such a young age. Sara Madsen was an incredible person with a vivacious personality and a love for the outdoors. She began working in natural resources in our very own #Teton Valley as a Youth Conservation Corp member, later moving into the fire program where she served as a crewmember on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest’s Centennial Type II Initial Attack Hand Crew from 2017-2019. 2020 was her first year as part of the Helena Hot Shot crew with the  Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. Our firefighting community is heartbroken over this tragic loss and our condolences go out to Sara’s family, friends and coworkers