Current situation

ODF has been responding to dozens of lightning-sparked wildfires in southern Oregon. Incident Management Team 2 has been dispatched to assist the Southwest Oregon District with the Garner Complex of fires near Grants Pass. Very hot, dry weather today remains a risk for new fire starts and a challenge for suppressing existing fires. Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Falling snag kills contract firefighter in central Oregon

Aug. 1, 2013

Two members of a falling crew working on a fire in the Mt. Washington Wilderness near Dugout Lake on the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest were injured by a falling snag early today. One of the individuals died at the scene and the other was transported with injuries to St. Charles Medical Center.

The injuries occurred as the tree fallers worked to suppress a fire caused by a lightning storm, which began early yesterday afternoon and continued through the evening. The injury was reported at 9:13 a.m.

The fallers worked for R&K Water Services out of Bonney Lake, WA.

Rappel crews and a helicopter responded to the accident and called for an ambulance. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department is in charge of the accident at this time.

Media can meet public information officers at the junction of Forest Road 242 and Forest Road 1029.
More information will be forthcoming as available.

[Information from Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center]

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