Colorado-based wildland firefighter dies after being struck by a tree in Oregon

A Colorado-based wildland firefighter died Wednesday while battling the Big Swamp fire on the Willamette National Forest in Oregon, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Collin Hagan, 27, had been assigned to the Craig Interagency Hotshot Crew from Colorado. He sustained critical injuries after being struck by a tree while firefighting.

First-responders arrived around 12:30 p.m. but, despite efforts to save Hagan, he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

A medical helicopter flew Hagan’s body to the Roseburg Regional Airport, where firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Roseburg Fire Department and Douglas County Fire District were there to honor him.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown Tweeted about Hagan’s death, writing, “Please join me in keeping the family and friends of Collin Hagan, and all the Craig Interagency Hotshots, in your hearts today. Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to keep our homes and communities safe — let’s help them by doing our part to prevent wildfires.”

As of Thursday, the Big Swamp fire was 117 acres in size.

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