Contractor dies while working on wildfire in Oregon

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The Associated Press reported that a truck driver working for a contractor on the Grassy Mountain Fire in eastern Oregon died Saturday. Carolyn Chad, a BLM spokesperson, said said Kevin Hall, from Ontario, Oregon, apparently suffered a medical issue while he was working for a bulldozer contractor. Mr. Hall was the driver of the low boy truck that transported the equipment to the fire. The dozer was assisting in the rehab of fire lines.

After he was found unresponsive in his vehicle, BLM employees and another fire contractor administered CPR until an air ambulance arrived, the BLM said. Hall was pronounced dead the scene.

The Grassy Mountain Fire started from lightning on Wednesday and was contained Friday after burning about 17,000 acres of grass and brush.

We send our sincere condolences to the family and co-workers of Mr. Hall.

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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.