An Estacada man was killed while attempting to fell a tree in the Mt. Hood National Forest on Thursday, July 10.

According to a press release issued by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, a group of campers were cutting firewood on U.S. Forest Service Road 4630 about a mile from Lake Harriet.

Authorities say the group was improperly felling a dead 130-150-foot-long Douglas fir tree when the incident happened.

The press release states that the group was using a chain saw to cut the tree and a chain attached to the tree and a truck. As the tree fell, the rotten top of the tree broke off and fatally injured the Estacada man, who was in his 60s.

Medical responders were unable to save him.

The man’s name will not be released until the family is notified.

The Sheriff’s Office and Clackamas County Medical Examiner's office are investigating.

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