Governor Brown Issues Statement on Death of National Park Service Firefighter


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the death of National Park Service Fire Captain Brian Hughes, who passed away while working on the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County:

“Anne and I are deeply saddened to hear about Captain Hughes’ death and extend our condolences to his family, loved ones and fellow firefighters, who are still out in the field protecting lives and property. We are incredibly grateful for Captain Hughes’ service to our state and nation.”

Captain Hughes, 33, of Squaw Valley, died Sunday when he was struck by a tree while fighting the Ferguson Fire. He was a Fire Captain of the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

In honor of Captain Hughes, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.