Man killed in mulch drop during wildfire repair identified

Published on October 09, 2017 at 10:42AM

BRIAN HEAD, Utah (AP) — Authorities have identified a Utah man who died after he was hit by mulch dropped from a helicopter during rehabilitation work on the burn scar from a massive wildfire near Brian Head.

The Iron County Sheriff’s Office says 58-year-old worker Bryan Burr of Alpine was struck on the head as crews dropped straw mulch in southern Utah.

Burr had been on the ground calling out locations to drop the mulch Saturday afternoon.

Iron County Sheriff’s officials say a helicopter pilot noticed the injured man and contacted another ground crew, which called 911.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating because an aircraft was involved in the industrial accident.