'n Brandbestryder wat 'n veldbrand in Oregon bestry, is dood nadat hy deur 'n boom getref is, amptenare sê

'n Brandbestryder is dood terwyl hy 'n veldbrand in die suidweste van Oregon bestry het nadat hy deur 'n boom getref is, het amptenare Donderdag gesê.

Collin Hagan, 27, is Woensdag dood terwyl hy besig was om die Groot Moerasbrand naby Oakridge te bestry, Oregon, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement posted op sosiale media.
Hagan, from Toivola, Michigan, was critically injured when a tree hit him, and he dieddespite lifesaving efforts by EMS personnel assigned to the fire,” the sheriff’s office added.
      It is a sad day in public safety,” Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said in the statement. “On behalf of the men and women of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to Firefighter Hagan’s family, vriende, co-workers and all who knew this brave young man.
        Hagan was a wildland firefighter assigned to the Craig Interagency Hotshot Crew based in Craig, Colorado, according to the sheriff’s office. His body was flown from the Toketee Airstrip to the Roseburg Regional Airport by REACH Air Medical Services helicopter.
          The creation of a serious accident investigation team is underway, volgens 'n verklaring from 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 for the national forest. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and fellow crew members of this brave firefighter.
          The Big Swamp Fire has charred 119 acres with no containment since it was sparked August 1, Volgens die state’s wildfire tracking website. Lightening ignited the fire on the Willamette National Forest near Oakridge, wat gaan oor 150 miles south of Portland, according to the national wildfire tracking website Inciweb.
            Daar is 54 wildfires currently active in Oregon that have scorched more than 8,000 acres as of early Friday, Volgens die state’s wildfire tracking webwerf.
            Wildfires have become more common in the western US in recent years due to worsening drought conditions fueled by climate change.

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