SISTERS, Ore. -- One firefighter was killed and another injured by a falling tree while battling a wildfire on Thursday.
60-year-old John Hammack of Madras and 45-year-old Norman Crawford of Sisters were removing hazardous trees in the Mount Washington Wilderness near Dugout Lake as they worked to gain control of the lightning-caused blaze.
The pair worked for R&K Water Services out of Bonney Lake, Washington.
"My thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the family of John Hammack, who died on Thursday while bravely responding to a wildfire outside of Sisters. All across Oregon, thousands of men and women are doing difficult and dangerous work to protect their fellow citizens," said Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
Hammack is the 28th firefighter killed in the United States this year and the second from the Northwest. An average of 16 firefighters die each year.
Hotshot firefighter John Percin Jr. of West Linn was killed in an inferno in Arizona earlier this summer that killed 19.
"This is a tough loss for Oregon, and with our state experiencing the most severe wildfire conditions in years, all first responders deserve our gratitude, our appreciation, and our support," Kitzhaber added.