Firefighter from Independence dies in Idaho while battling Moose Fire

  • Source: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
  • Published: 09/27/2022 12:00 AM

An Oregon firefighter died September 20, while fighting the Moose Fire near Salmon, Idaho. Officials say 48-year-old Gerardo Rincon of Independence, Oregon suffered a medical emergency. Rincon was working for North Reforestation Inc. as a crew boss of a Type 2 crew. Rincon had been a wildland firefighter since 1994, and over his 28-year career, he was a Type 2 firefighter, engine captain, and crew boss. The Salmon-Challis National Forest posted on their Facebook page a statement from Forest Supervisor Charles Mack. Firefighters lined up to honor Rincon as his casket was taken to an awaiting aircraft to be flown back to Oregon. Rincon was returned to Independence on Sunday, September 25. A funeral mass will take place on September 29.


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