PORTLAND -- A southwest Oregon sheriff's office has identified the man killed Tuesday while working on one of five major forest fires in the region.
Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says 19-year-old Jessie Trader 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 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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