Officials from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are heartbroken to report the passing of Logan Taylor, a wildland firefighter from Talent, Oregon, who was 25.
Dispatchers learned of a wildland firefighter who had suffered significant injuries after being hit by a tree on the Rum Creek Fire north of Galice on Thursday, August 18, 2022, soon after 4:00 p.m. Mr. Taylor was evacuated out of the steep terrain by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) team and onto a waiting Mercy Flights chopper, which took him to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford.
Mr. Taylor passed away from his wounds despite the best efforts of the emergency medical team, firefighters, and EMS personnel assigned to the fire. He was the owner of the ODF-contracted firefighting firm Sasquatch Reforestation.
We are deeply grieved by Logan Taylor’s loss. Our ODF family and the entire wildland fire community are devastated by this loss, according to Tyler McCarty, ODF Southwest Oregon District Forester. Our major goal continues to be safety. ODF and our partners are dedicated to using this mishap as a teaching opportunity and taking every precaution to prevent future occurrences of situations of a similar nature.
BLM Medford District Manager Elizabeth Burghard said, “A loss of a firefighter’s life hits the whole firefighting community, and we express our condolences to the family, friends, and coworkers.” “For the BLM and our wildland firefighting partners, safety comes first. Every firefighter should daily return home safely, according to us.
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