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Authorities with the Forest Service are confirming that a fire fighter was killed and a second injured today (Thursday) west of Sisters.

 

They were joining other crews battling a string of lightning-sparked fires in the high Cascades.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Search and Rescue crews, and an ambulance headed to the area of Forest Roads 470 and 1030, about seven miles west of Sisters.

 

The incident reportedly involved a fallen tree snag hitting at least one of the firefighters.

 

Earlier- Rappel teams and water-dropping helicopters also were sent to the area.

The Deschutes national Forest Service will be releasing more details - they say probably within the hour.

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