Firefighter Killed in Oregon’s Middle Fork Complex Fires

Firefighter struck by falling tree

Bill Carey
24 August 2021

OAKRIDGE, Oregon – The Register-Guard has reported that a firefighter has been killed while fighting a wildfire in Oregon on Monday afternoon.

The news outlet states that Bryan Cutchen, Oakridge city administrator and acting fire chief, and Larry Nickey, deputy incident commander liaison for Pacific Northwest Team 13, said the firefighter was struck by a falling tree while fighting the Gales Fire.

No other information was provided.

The Gales Fire is part of the Middle Fork Complex which started on 29 July. InciWeb’s latest update is that the wildfire has burned over 15,000 acres and is only 10% contained.

There are currently six line of duty deaths related to wildland, including those due to the COVID-19 virus, in 2021. The most recent was on 10 July when Air Tactical Group Supervisor Jeff Piechura and Air Attack Pilot Matthew Robert Miller were killed in a plane crash while working on the Cedar Basin Fire in Arizona.

InciWeb: Middle Fork Complex
The Register-Guard: Firefighter dies Monday while working on Gales Fire

Photograph courtesy of InciWeb.

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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