USFA: Arizona On-Duty Death

Conducting visual reconnaissance and aviation command and control over the Cedar Basin Fire when the aircraft crashed.

Aboard a Beechcraft King Air C-90 over Arizona when the aircraft crashed

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Air Tactical Group Supervisor Jeff Piechura, 62, of U.S. Forest Service/Coronado National Forest on July 10, 2021.

On Saturday, July 10, 2021, Air Tactical Group Supervisor Jeff Piechura and Air Attack Pilot Matthew Robert Miller were aboard a Beechcraft King Air C-90 conducting visual reconnaissance and aviation command and control over the Cedar Basin Fire near Wikieup, Arizona when the aircraft crashed. Both individuals perished in the accident.

Tribute is being paid to Piechura at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 62 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2021. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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