3 Firefighters Die in Washington

Fires continue to spread

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region / Flickr)
Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region / Flickr

Three firefighters who were combating the Twisp River Fire in Washington died Wednesday after their vehicle crashed, Seattle’s King 5 News reports. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers told King 5 that the firefighters likely died in the crash and that the fire overtook their vehicle afterward.

Four other people—two Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employees, a DNR contractor, and a Forest Service employee—were also injured in the fire, though it’s unclear if they were involved in the accident.

The DNR said that the Twisp River Fire spread to 1,500 acres and grew Wednesday night, according to USA Today. It joined the Okanogan Complex Fire, which covers 88,161 acres and is less than 40 percent contained. Residents in the towns of Twisp and Winthrop, Washington, were ordered to evacuate.

Governor Jay Inslee warned of the continued danger of the fires. “The conditions throughout the area remain extremely dangerous, and I hope residents and visitors will heed evacuation orders or other emergency directions,” he said in a statement.

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