Helicopter Accident on White River Fire

On Monday, August 24, we lost a member of our firefighting family in a tragic helicopter accident on Mt. Hood National Forest. The helicopter was a Type 1 Kmax that was conducting bucket drops on the White River Fire to help battle the blaze, which was burning in rough terrain. Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and Forest Service air and ground resources responded immediately to the accident site. There will be an investigation into the accident, and the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been notified. The firefighting community is heartbroken to learn of this tragic loss and our condolences go out to the pilot’s family, friends, and co-workers.