JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — Officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said overnight that a firefighter died Thursday in a fire in Josephine County.
They have confirmed that the death occurred on August 18, 2022, withholding the firefighter’s name pending notification of relatives.
In a joint statement, they said: “Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and fellow firefighters during this time. The cause is under investigation and more details will be released as they are confirmed.”
The death occurred on the same day as memorial services were held for Michigan firefighter Collin Hagan of the Craig Interagency Hotshots. He died on August 10, 2022 from critical injuries sustained when he was struck by a tree during efforts to fight the Big Swamp Fire 26 miles southeast of Oakridge, Oregon. in the Willamette National Forest.