Two people helping to fight a wildfire in western Arizona died on Saturday when their plane crashed, the Bureau of Land Management said.
The two crew members of the plane were conducting aerial reconnaissance and command and control of the Cedar Basin fire, which began on Friday and spanned about 300 acres near Wikieup, Ariz., A town not incorporated roughly halfway between Phoenix and Las Vegas.
The Bureau of Land Management said in a press release that he would publish more information about the accident after relatives of the victims were informed. “Our hearts go out to the families of our brave wildland firefighters,” the statement read.
Plane crashes are one of the many risks faced by people fighting forest fires. In September, a pilot was killed when a plane that dropped a fire retardant in Idaho crashed. Early last year, three Americans died when their plane crashed south of Canberra, the Australian capital, where they were helping to fight intense forest fires.