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Incident Name:  Pryor Fire 3 mi east of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest
Date: 8/31/1992
Personnel: James Shannon Campbell of Springfield
Age: 29
Agency/Organization: Outer Limb, Inc of Eugene under contract with Oregon Department of Forestry
Position: firefighter

Summary: On 8/31/1992, firefighter Shannon Campbell was struck by a falling tree while fighting fire in steep, rocky terrain on the southern flank of the 760-acre Pryor Fire on the Willamette National Forest. "The tree that killed Campbell instantly was a small one, no more than 6" in diameter. It stood on the fire's south flank about 10' from the fireline where Campbell's crew had been working. The main front of the fire had passed through hours earlier." (Mike Theole, Eugene Register Guard, Sep 2, 1994)

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Pryor Fire was 3 mi east of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest.

Oregon Death Certificate places his death at Lane OR.

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  • Firefighter Killed In Oregon Blaze Recalled As Lover Of People, Nature

    9/7/92 | online seattletimes AP

    WALTERVILLE, Ore. - A 29-year-old firefighter killed battling a forest fire was remembered in a memorial service this weekend as a person who cared intensely about people and about nature. James Campbell of Leaburg, Ore, was killed last Monday, when a standing dead tree fell on him while he was fighting the Pryor Fire, three miles east of Oakridge.

    His mother, Lynn Campbell, said her son always worked in the forest, planting trees, fighting fires, gathering ornamental plants and fir boughs and supervising a yew bark-collection crew. "That was his life - he was so smart, but he never wanted anything but to work in the woods," she said... More at the link.

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