Oregon man dies in wildfire

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Yamhill fire Fatality
Yamhill fire Fatality
Photo: Gaston Rural Fire District

An 87-year old man died on a wildland fire in Yamhill County Oregon on Saturday. Firefighters found him when they responded to a report of smoke. Identified as Luke Roy, he suffered serious burns and was transported by helicopter to a burn center in Portland, but later died from his injuries.

Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree said:

It appears that Mr. Roy was injecting fire into gopher holes with a torch when something went wrong and he became engulfed in flames.

Firefighters from about a dozen agencies assisted on the fire which burned about six acres.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.