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Incident Name: Cougar Ridge Fire on Weyerhaeuser tree farm land in Oregon
Date: September 13, 1979
Personnel: Richard Underhill
Age: 22
Agency/Organization: Douglas Forest Protective Association working in mutual aid with the ODF
Position: Firefighter with Coos Fire Protection

Summary: On September 13, 1979, the Cougar Ridge Fire overtook Underhill as he and his crew were fighting the fire. He died trying to outrace exploding flames up a steep slope at the top of a draw. Three others were burned but survived.

 

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Contributors to this article: Rick L. Young

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