Douglas “Doug” Ritchie
State of Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection
Years of Service: 8
Date of Incident: June 26, 2022
Date of Death: June 26, 2022
On Sunday, June 26, 2022, Pilot Douglas "Doug" Ritchie, the sole occupant of a Bell UH1B Helicopter, was supporting firefighting efforts at the Clear Wildland Fire, when the helicopter crashed after takeoff, killing Pilot Ritchie. Investigation into the incident continues.