Eric Christopher Aarseth, Firefighter II

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Firefighter II Eric Aarseth worked the Horns Mountain Fire in Washington on August 27 and was released at 6:00 p.m.  On August 28, Aarseth was found unresponsive at his home in Oregon. Reports indicate that Aarseth developed pneumonia which became septic. Aarseth was treated at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon, but was taken off life support on September 3 after suffering irreversible damage to his organs. Aarseth passed away early the following morning on September 4.

Incident Location: Horns Mountain Fire near Northport, Washington (U.S. National Grid: 11U MQ 42732 18414 (DD: 48.916, -117.782))

Department information

Miller Timber Services
PO Box 638
24745 Alsea Hwy.
Philomath, Oregon 97370

Chief: President Lee Miller

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 20
Rank: Firefighter II
Classification: Wildland Contract
Incident date: August 27, 2018 18:00
Date of death: September 4, 2018
Cause of death: Other
Nature of death: Other
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property