Tanker Pilot Dies In Nevada Wildfire

Dave Jamsa the pilot of a single engine air tanker (SEAT) died yesterday, August 20 while fighting the Hoyt Fire in northern Nevada.

This (Hoyt) fire is in a remote area east of Dixie Valley, about 20 miles north of U.S. Highway 50. There are three “line cabin” structures reported in the area, used by local ranchers.

From the BLM release;

Reno, Nev. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has identified Dave Jamsa as the pilot who was killed yesterday after his single-engine air tanker (SEAT) crashed while flying fire suppression operations on the Hoyt Fire.

Jamsa was an employee of Minuteman Aerial Application Inc., which is based out of Missoula, Montana, and was an employee of the company working a contract out of the BLM’s McDermitt SEAT base.

Condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Dave Jamsa.


  • Laura says:

    This is my uncle who passed away…doing what he loved,flying. The family is still quite in shock at how quickly a loved one can be taken and they are slowly learning to live without him. Say a prayer for the wife and kids, they truly need your prayers.

  • kshirley says:

    "Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from Your Father's will.
    "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

    "Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

    Mt 10:29-31

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