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The death occurred Thursday as crews battled the El Dorado Fire, the agency said in a news release.
Crews are trying to locate the firefighter, but no specific details were provided.
The new law will allow state and county inmates who train as firefighters to seek to erase the criminal records.
The high number of fires occurring simultaneously in the span of just a few days in Oregon was fueled by dry conditions, high temperatures and especially strong, swirling winds.
The North Complex fire that exploded in wind-driven flames earlier in the week was advancing more slowly Friday.
Raging wildfires in the Pacific Northwest have fueled a barrage of false information this week as unsubstantiated social media posts blamed coordinated groups of arsonists from both the far left and far right for setting the blazes.