White River Fire

(Courtesy: U.S. Forest Service)

MT. HOOD, OR (KPTV) - A pilot died in a helicopter crash while fighting the White River Fire, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The U.S. Forest Service said a Type 1 Kmax helicopter was conducting buckets drops to help battle the wildfire when the crash occurred on Monday.

The pilot, whose name has not yet been released, worked for a private company that is contracted through the U.S. Forest Service out of Bozeman, Montana.

There will be an investigation into the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA 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," the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.

No further information about the crash has been released at this time.

The White River Fire is burning in the Mt. Hood National Forest, about 20 miles west of Wamic. It is currently estimated at 1,266 acres and is 15 percent contained.

The cause of the fire was determined to be lightning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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(3) comments

Toothache

A guy I went to school with flew a helicopter gunship in Viet Nam during the war. After that he flew Air Life helicopters until he retired. Even though I didn't like him that much, I had nothing but respect for what he did. Saving lives. Heros both of them.

Frederick Fukov

Terrible thing. The guy is a hero for doing what he did. It's a highly dangerous job, and he risked his life to fight fires. May his spirit rest in peace.

Native Born

Agree 100%

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