Firefighter from Medford dies on duty at Nabob fire

A contract firefighter from Medford died Sunday afternoon while fighting a wildfire in Northern California, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department confirmed Wednesday.

Oscar Montano-Garcia collapsed while on a lunch break with other crew members fighting the Nabob fire, located in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, officials said. Emergency personnel administered CPR but were unable to revive Montano-Garcia. The manner of death has yet to be determined.

"It was not related to the fire in any way," said Jayme Lynch, spokeswoman for the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department.

Mercy Flights transported Montano-Garcia's body from the site, police said.

The U.S. Fire Administration said on its website that Montano-Garcia was part of a pump operations crew. Various records indicate he was in his 50s.

There have been 77 firefighter fatalities reported to USFA in 2013, including four Oregonians, according to Jesse Trader, a 19-year-old water truck driver from Albany, was killed Aug. 6 on the Big Windy Complex fire after his vehicle hit an embankment and overturned on Bear Camp Road. Kevin Hall, 59, of Ontario, died Aug. 10 after apparently suffering a medical issue while working on a fire line on the Grassy Mountain fire, about 60 miles southwest of Boise, Idaho. John Hammack, 58, of Madras, was killed Aug. 1 by a falling tree while removing hazardous trees in the path of a small wildfire in the remote Mount Washington Wilderness Area in the high Cascades.

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