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 »

Firefighters Comment on Trader’s Death

GLENDALE, Ore. — Firefighters are dealing with the emotional aspects of losing one of their own. This morning, the Glendale fire camp had a moment of silence to honor Jesse Trader. “What we do out here is an inherently dangerous job and we choose to do it because it needs to be done,” C&R Reforestation … Continue reading »

Big Windy Claims Life of Firefighter

Near Grants Pass, Ore. — Early Tuesday morning 19 year old firefighter, Jesse Trader, was killed while helping battle the Big Windy Complex in Josephine County. Sheriff Gilbertson says the young man was driving a water tanker and was killed when it rolled into a ditch along Bear Camp Road at milepost 10 near Soldier … Continue reading »