As more than one million acres of land have gone up in flames across Oregon in the last week, now-former state fire Marshal, Jim Walker, speaks out about how he was forced to resign under pressure after he was trying to do his job by helping a co worker find a lost family member in the fire area. For daring to help find the elderly man, Walker was placed on administrative leave by Oregon State Police superintendent Travis Hampton, who also plans on stepping down later this year.

The Oregonian reports:

The state’s former top fire official was under investigation for misleading Oregon State Police leaders about whether he had authorization to enter a high-risk wildfire zone one night last week to search for human remains, according to a source familiar the situation.

Jim Walker resigned Saturday as state fire marshal — a day after he was placed on paid leave by Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton.

Source: Oregon Fire Marshal Forced To Resign Over Faux Scandal As Forest Fires Decimate State