Middle Fork Complex firefighter killed by falling tree

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A firefighter died Monday while battling the Middle Fork Complex wildfire, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said.

Frumencio Ruiz Carapia, 56, of Medford, was struck by a falling tree. According to LCSO, the tree unexpectedly snapped and was not involved in any tree-cutting operation.

Carapia was working on the Gale Fire within the complex. No one else was injured.

The Middle Fork Complex is burning southeast of Eugene near Oakridge. As of Monday night, it was estimated to be around 15,615 acres large and is 10% contained.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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