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 »