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Incident Name:  Russell Creek Fire near Riddle, Oregon
Date:  September 22, 1951
Personnel:  Jerry Bain
Age:  23
Agency/Organization:  Douglas Forest Protective Association
Position: logger / firefighter

Summary: On September 22, 1951, the Russell Creek Fire overtook Jerry Bain, a logger/firefighter asked to help fight the fire. He jumped from his truck to flee, and he died. Logging companies were commonly in agreement with the State and the Feds to add their employees' efforts to firefighting across the West. Landholdings in many areas of the West were a checkerboard of private and public lands.

 

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Russell Creek Fire near Riddle, OR

 

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

  • Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial Database: Jerry Bain (142 K pdf)
  • Oregon Death Index: Jerry Bain
  • Jerry Bain named as fallen
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Contributors to this article: Scott Roberts, Mellie

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