Estacada man killed while improperly cutting down tree, sheriff's office says

ESTACADA, Ore. -- A tree fell on a 64-year-old man and killed him near the Ripplebrook Campground, which is east of Estacada, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff's office said a group of campers were improperly cutting down a dead Douglas fir tree for firewood about a mile from Lake Harriet when a rotten section of it broke off and fell on a man in his 60s. The man was from Estacada.

The incident happened at about 1 p.m. Thursday.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Nathan Thompson said the group was using a chain saw to cut the tree. They also had a chain from a truck hooked up to it. When the tree fell, it broke off in two sections. The rotten top section hit the man.

One of the men in the group rushed to the Ripplebrook Ranger Station for help. Medics were sent to the scene but couldn't save the man.

On Monday, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office identified the man who was killed as Arthur Canada.

Thompson said the tree was 130 feet to 150 feet high.