Firefighter Killed While Working Oregon Wildfire

Wildland Firefighter Killed on Big Swamp Fire near Oakridge, Ore.

The US Forest Service has announced that a wildland firefighter, Collin Hagan of the Craig Interagency Hotshots, was killed yesterday after sustaining critical injuries from being struck by a tree while engaged in firefighting efforts on the Big Swamp fire near Oakridge, Ore. on the Willamette National Forest.

“We are devastated by the tragic loss of a cherished firefighter working on our forest to save our communities and beloved recreational areas,” said Duane Bishop, Acting Forest Supervisor on the Willamette National Forest. “Their family has been notified and we are working with our partners to ensure the crew is well taken care of. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and fellow crew members of this brave firefighter.”

The Bureau of Land Management firefighter was assigned from Colorado. A Serious Accident Investigation Team is being assembled.

No additional information was released by officials at this time.

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