Firefighters from the Black Hills, and indeed from across the nation, are mourning the loss of one of their own after David "Dave" Ruhl of Rapid City was killed battling a wildfire in California on Thursday.

Ruhl, 38, was a firefighter with the Black Hill National Forest who died while scouting a fire site late Thursday. Ruhl leaves behind a wife and two children in Rapid City, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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