Northern Arizona Hot Shot Remembered As Fun-Loving and Generous

Jun 5, 2020

The body of a former U.S. Forest Service firefighter from Flagstaff was recovered from Lake Powell Wednesday. Dustin Olague apparently drowned in a portion of the lake in southern Utah’s Kane County. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Dustin Olague fighting 2017's Tungsten Fire in Nevada as a Mormon Lake Hot Shot.
Credit Eric Reed

According to the Coconino National Forest, Olague was an employee for eight seasons and spent six of them as a Mormon Lake Hot Shot. He battled several local wildfires including last summer’s Museum Fire along with the Tinder and Slide fires.

Olague was reported missing Saturday in the Warm Creek area of Lake Powell. Witnesses say he jumped from a boat into the water without a lifejacket. Conditions were semi-windy and he disappeared underwater.

National Park Service rangers conducted a search and found his body days later using sonar equipment and a submerged remote dive boat.

Friends and colleagues describe Olague as fun loving, generous and a friend to everyone. He was 30 years old.