Colorado lowers flags to honor federal firefighter |

Colorado lowers flags to honor federal firefighter

DENVER, Colorado – Flags at the state Capitol and other state buildings will be lowered to honor a wildland firefighter who died last week.

Twenty-nine-year-old Brett Stearns died after being struck by a falling tree near Craig. He and a dozen fellow Bureau of Land Management firefighters were working to remove dead aspen trees at Freeman Reservoir.

A funeral service for Stearns was set for Wednesday in Craig.

Stearns was an engine captain and had worked in the fire program for the BLM Little Snake Field Office in Craig since 1999.

He is survived by his wife, parents, brother and half-sister.

A federal accident investigation team is reviewing what happened.

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