Zak Muise Obituary, Ontario Firefighter Zak Muise Tragically Killed Battling Wildfire in B.C.

Zak Muise Obituary, Ontario Firefighter Zak Muise Tragically Killed Battling Wildfire in B.C.


In a devastating incident, 25-year-old Ontario firefighter Zachery Freeman Muise lost his life while bravely fighting a wildfire in a remote area north of Fort St. John, British Columbia. The young hero’s untimely death has left the firefighting community and the nation in mourning.

The Incident

Zak Muise, a native of Waterford, Ont., was actively working in the fight against the Donnie Creek wildfire, which happens to be the largest wildfire in the province’s history. Unfortunately, on Friday, tragedy struck as the UTV he was riding in rolled over a steep drop on a gravel road, leading to the fatal accident.

Remembering Zak Muise

As news of Zak’s passing spread, heartfelt tributes poured in from family, friends, and colleagues. He is survived by his parents, siblings, and nieces. The obituary posted online pays homage to Zak’s loving nature and the cherished memories he leaves behind. He will be deeply missed by Sue ‘Bamma’ Goble, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous friends.


While the family grieves the loss of their beloved Zak, they have announced that a celebration of life will be held at a later date to honor his extraordinary dedication and sacrifice.

A Nation in Mourning

The impact of Zak’s tragic death is felt across the entire country. Both Ontario Premier Doug Ford and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix shared heartfelt condolences for the fallen firefighter, praising his bravery and selflessness in the line of duty.

A Season of Grief

Zak Muise’s death marks the second loss of a firefighter during this fire season in British Columbia. The nation mourned the loss of 19-year-old Devyn Gale, who was killed by a falling tree near Hiren Creek on July 13. Additionally, on July 15, Adam Yeadon, 25, lost his life while battling a wildfire in the Northwest Territories. And just four days later, on July 19, helicopter pilot Ryan Gould, 41, tragically passed away in a helicopter crash during wildfire efforts in northern Alberta.

Final Thoughts

The firefighting community and the entire nation are united in grief as they remember the life of Zak Muise, a courageous and dedicated firefighter who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. His memory will live on in the hearts of all those who knew and loved him.

[Note: The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to support first responders or those affected by wildfires.]

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