PORTLAND --A firefighter was killed Tuesday when the water truck he was driving rolled over near the Big Windy complex of fires.

Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson said Jesse Trader, 19, was returning a truck that was used all of Monday night and into Tuesday morning at the Big Windy complex of fires.

The truck hit a rural road embankment and rolled over. Trader was taken from the scene by an air ambulance, but emergency responders were unable to revive him.

The southwestern Oregon fires were ignited by lightning late last month. They are burning in some of the state's most difficult mountain terrain, fed by vegetation parched by a widespread drought.

Trader was the second firefighter killed in Oregon this fire season. Last week, 60-year-old John Hammack died after a burning tree fell on him near Sisters.

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KGW Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino said fire danger remained high in many parts of Oregon as hot, dry weather persisted. Zaffino said the dry weather, and fire danger, were likely to continue.


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