Water Truck Driver Dies in Oregon Crash

A water truck driver working on one of five major forest fires in southwestern Oregon died Tuesday in a crash, reports The Associated Press.

The driver was returning a truck that was used at the Big Windy complex of fires and was returning to hand off the keys to a replacement driver, said Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson.

He was the second crew member killed this wildfire season in Oregon, and the 29th nationally.

On Aug. 1, 58-year-old John Hammack was killed when the tree he was cutting fell on him.

Gilbertson did not identify the driver, nor did he provide further details of the crash.

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.

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