local | News

Oregon Firefighter On Break Dies In Fall

AP | July 30, 2014 11:54 a.m. | Grants Pass, Oregon

Contributed By:

AP

An Oregon firefighter has died in a fall while on break from a wildfire in the southern Cascade Range.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah says 21-year-old Matthew David Goodnature of Phoenix, Oregon, was dead when another firefighter found him Tuesday evening near Four Mile Lake on the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

He had walked away from fire camp while on break. Skrah says Goodnature apparently lost his balance climbing over a rock and fell backward over a downed log, breaking his back.

He was working the Launch Fire, which is burning in lodgepole pine on the edge of the Sky Lakes Wilderness.

Fire spokesman Kevin Abel says it’s about 100 acres in size, and there was no estimate of containment. It’s considered a human-caused fire.

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow us
Thanks to our Sponsors:
become a sponsor
Thanks to our Sponsors
become a sponsor