National Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Two Oregon firefighters, Oscar Montano-Garcia and Jesse Trader, are among the 107 firefighters being honored Sunday at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Both Oregon firefighters died in August of last year while fighting two separate wildfires. Oscar Montano-Garcia died after he collapsed while working the Nabob … Continue reading »

Brakes, Weight Blamed in Fire Crew Death

MEDFORD, Ore. – A new report by the Bureau of Land Management said equipment problems, steep terrain, and inexperience contributed to the death of a fire crew member working on the Big Windy Fire in August 2013. 19-year-old Jesse Trader was driving a water tender for a private contractor when the vehicle crashed off a … Continue reading »

Report Released on Big Windy Fatal Crash

NEAR GLENDALE, Ore. — An investigative report shows what led to the deadly crash of a fire crew member last summer. 19-year-old Jesse Trader was killed last August while fighting the Big Windy Fire. In the report, investigators say he was on his first assignment driving the truck only about a week after getting his … Continue reading »