Aug 2, 2013 12:51 AM by AP, posted by Kirsten Bennett

Falling tree kills firefighter in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A falling tree killed one firefighter and injured another Thursday as lightning started wildfires in Central Oregon.

Capt. Gary Lovegren of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District says the tree fell during the initial attack on fires in the Deschutes County National Forest near Sisters. The firefighter who was hurt was able to walk, but no other details were released on the severity of his injury.

The firefighters had been hired to cut down hazardous trees. Their names haven't been released.

They are among the 4,000 people fighting active fires burning on about 40,000 acres in Oregon.

Lightning touched off the largest fires last weekend in southwestern Oregon forests.

An early-morning barrage of lightning east of the Cascade Range on Thursday morning touched off dozens of smaller wildfires.


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