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  • An uphill battle

    Tough terrain complicates rescue of an injured logger in the Applegate Valley
  • APPLEGATE — Firefighters and logging crew members braved 500 feet of steep, uneven terrain late Thursday morning to rescue a logger injured by a rolling log near the bottom of an embankment.
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  • APPLEGATE — Firefighters and logging crew members braved 500 feet of steep, uneven terrain late Thursday morning to rescue a logger injured by a rolling log near the bottom of an embankment.
    Rob McKenzie, 50, part of a crew contracted to fell trees before they were hauled out of the area by HM Inc. logging crews, was struck by the log just before 9:45 a.m. while working on the Pilot Joe reforestation project.
    McKenzie and fellow crew members were at work in Hinkle Gulch, a remote area about three miles off Thompson Creek Road in the Applegate Valley. Fire officials said the section of log was about 2 feet in diameter and caused significant back and hip injuries.
    "He was in a lot of pain," said Lalo Aguilar of HM Inc.
    McKenzie was also in a difficult spot, as he'd been working 500 feet down a steep ravine, dotted with trees and uneven ground.
    "With the terrain, the extraction takes longer," said Applegate firefighter Gary DeSimone, adding that rescue efforts had to be slow and steady.
    Crews from Applegate Valley Fire District No. 9, the Oregon Department of Forestry and Jackson County Fire District No. 5 rigged a pulley system after arriving on the scene at about 10:20 a.m.
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