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Jul 19, 2011 at 5:00 AM
The number of staffed forest fire lookouts keeps dwindling in Oregon, Washington and California as technology replaces human eyes.
Dec 10, 2010 at 3:16 PM
A helicopter co-pilot who survived a 2008 crash that killed nine people during takeoff from a wildfire staging area disputes a federal report blaming weight and lack of oversight.
Dec 2, 2010 at 12:08 PM
As dusk approached, the Sikorsky helicopter touched down near the front lines of a forest fire on Aug. 5, 2008. Next Tuesday, investigators will report on why the helicopter crashed moments after takeoff, killing nine of the 13 men on board.
Sep 17, 2009 at 11:00 AM
The co-pilot of a helicopter ferrying firefighters implored "Fly darlin', fly darlin', fly darlin', fly darlin ..."' as the chopper lost power and fell out of the air last year. Nine of 13 people aboard were killed. Seven were from Oregon, including a Eugene man.
Jun 5, 2009 at 3:15 PM
While many of Oregon's forest protection districts have not formally entered wildfire season, Nature made an unofficial declaration of its own during the past week. A barrage of more than 24,000 lightning strikes ignited fires across the state.
May 19, 2009 at 4:50 PM
Nine months after surviving a helicopter crash in Northern California that killed seven comrades, 21-year-old firefighter Michael Brown has lost his home to a fire.
Aug 19, 2008 at 4:02 PM
Smoke from the Northern California wildfires that killed seven of their own was still in the air over southwest Oregon as Grayback Forestry firefighters went back into the woods.
Aug 11, 2008 at 2:52 PM
Family members, friends and fellow firefighters have paid their respects to a Southern Oregon University student who died fighting fires to earn college money and become a sports journalist.
Aug 11, 2008 at 11:28 AM
Oregonians are remembering the firefighters killed last week in the crash of a helicopter in Northern California. A memorial service for 25-year-old Scott Charlson is planned in Eugene on Monday morning.
Aug 8, 2008 at 7:44 PM
Witnesses of a fiery helicopter accident that killed nine people told investigators the aircraft had lifted off more slowly than normal before it struck a tree and crashed in a remote Northern California forest, officials said Friday.
Aug 8, 2008 at 12:52 PM
Scott Charlson, who graduated from Lifegate Christian School, was about ready to look for another way to pay for his last year in college after his first two weeks as a firefighter. "Then he just grew up and decided, 'I can do this,' " his father said.
Aug 7, 2008 at 4:33 PM
A helicopter crash that killed nine people and left four injured in Northern California marked the second time tragedy has struck Grayback Forestry, a pioneer and leader in the business of wildland firefighting.
Aug 7, 2008 at 3:34 PM
Ten firefighters from Oregon were on board when a helicopter went down near Junction City, Calif., on Aug. 5. Three of the 10 survived and are still hospitalized. Seven of the firefighters are missing and are presumed to have perished in the crash.